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Article 26

Central Electoral Commission Duties during the Electoral period

(1) During elections, the Central Electoral Commission shall perform the following duties:

a) coordinates the activity of all electoral bodies aimed at preparing and holding elections under the present Code;

b) oversees the enforcement of provisions covered by this Code and by other laws containing election-related provisions;

c) establishes Electoral Constituencies and District Electoral Councils and supervises their activity;

d) based on the data provided by the Ministry of Justice, publishes the list of political parties and of other socio-political organisations entitled to run in elections, and registers candidates and their trustworthy persons in case of parliamentary and presidential elections;

e) distributes funds intended for holding elections; oversees the endowment of District Electoral Councils and of Precinct Electoral Bureaus with premises, transportation and communication means, and considers other election-related technical issues and resources;

f) establishes the design of ballot papers, the main voters’ lists, the additional voter’s list and the list for voting at the place of stay, the Protocol of meetings held by District Electoral Councils and by Precinct  Electoral Bureaus, the statement of income and property of the candidates and other documents relevant  for holding elections, as well as the design of ballot boxes and of stamps for electoral councils and  bureaus;

g) reviews communications from public authorities on issues concerning the preparation and conduct of elections;

h) addresses issues on citizens’ participation in elections who are outside the country on the Election Day;

i)  ensures the monitoring of compliance with the principle of gender equality in the electoral campaign for parliamentary elections and for local elections;

j)  tabulates the election results all over the country and, where necessary, submits a report on the election results to the Constitutional Court;

k) takes decisions on the activities performed by District Electoral Councils and Precinct Electoral Bureaus, on election procedures, organisation and conduct of elections, and on technical and administrative issues;

l)  ensures training for the members of electoral bodies and provides election information to voters  through Media and any time upon request;

m) reviews applications and appeals on decisions and actions undertaken by District Electoral Councils and Precinct Electoral Bureaus, and takes enforceable decisions thereto;

n) decides on the detachment of members from their main full-time job during their involvement in the electoral council activities, identifies the number of Precinct Electoral Bureau members who may be  detached from their main full-time job and the duration of their detachment;

o) ensures the conduct of the second round of elections, repeated elections, early, new and partial elections under the present Code;

p) collects information about voters’ turnout, tabulates the preliminary results and makes public the elections final results;

q) applies sanctions provided by the present Code for infringing the election legislation and the legislation on financing of political parties and of electoral campaigns.