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Each member of the polling station committee as well as all voters can call for law enforcement officers to come to the polling station, the latter authority introduced in the March amendments (Law on Basic Provisions on Elections and Voter Registers, Article 82.5). Extending this right to voters contains a potential for disrupting the voting process by repeated and unwarranted calls for security forces; a high level of unreasoned presence of police officers in the polling stations could hamper a smooth voting free from intimidation. The Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters expressly warns of extending the right to call security forces to anyone else than the president of the polling station.38 The Venice Commission and ODIHR recommend reconsidering the possibility for any voter to give notice to the law enforcement institutions and the respective obligation for the police to come into polling stations.


38 See Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters