Before the elections begin, the chairperson or the secretary of the electoral commission together with the commission and authorized observers from political organizations (parties), as well as associations of such organizations (parties) and their territorial structures possessing authority of legal persons (further authorized observers) shall check that the ballot boxes where ballots will be cast, are empty. After that, the ballot boxes shall be sealed.
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