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Article 33
 

Absentee Voting Certificates

1. A voter who leaves the populated area, where he/she has been included in the lists of voters in an ordinary election precinct, later than thirty days prior to the day of elections inclusive, or after the day of elections prior to the day of the repeat voting, inclusive, may apply to the polling station election commission either in person or, in the case specified in part eight of article 35 of this Law, via another person, for his/her removal from the list of voters. On the basis of such application and one of the documents envisaged by part two of article 2 of this Law, the polling station election commission shall issue an absentee voting certificate to the voter or, in the case specified in part eight of article 35 of this Law, to the person indicated in the voter's application. Simultaneously, the date of issuance and number of the absentee voting certificate shall be recorded in the respective list of voters, as well as the signatures of the voter, or person who received the absentee voting certificate and of the member of the polling station election commission who issued it. An absentee voting certificate may not be issued on the day of elections or on the day of repeat voting. In the event a voter looses the absentee voting certificate, it shall not be reissued.

2. Absentee voting certificates issued for the day of elections or for the day of repeat voting shall be of different forms. The Central Election Commission shall establish the forms of the absentee voting certificates no later than sixty days prior to the day of elections. Absentee voting certificates of both types shall for each type have a uniform enumeration on the whole territory of Ukraine, and is a document subject to strict reporting.

3. The form of the absentee voting certificate shall envisage space for the surname and signature of the member of the polling station election commission who issued the certificate, the seal of the polling station election commission, as well as the signature of the voter to whom the absentee voting certificate was issued. The absentee voting certificate shall not be valid without the signature of the voter.

4. The procedure for producing absentee voting certificates, for the receipt of absentee voting certificates by the Central Election Commission from the manufacturing enterprise, and for the transfer of absentee voting certificates to territorial election commissions shall be established by the Central Election Commission.

5. The territorial election commission shall transfer absentee voting certificate forms to the polling station election commissions of ordinary election precincts, together with the lists of voters, in an amount not exceeding four percent of the approximate number of voters in the respective election precinct, in accordance with the procedure specified in part five of article 32 of this Law. The fact of delivery of absentee voting certificate forms to the polling station election commission shall be formalized by an act completed pursuant to the form established by the Central Election Commission. Absentee voting certificates shall not be issued to polling station election commissions of special election precincts.

6. Absentee voting certificate forms shall be transferred to polling station election commissions of election precincts abroad created in diplomatic and other official representations and consular offices of Ukraine abroad, in a quantity not exceeding one per cent of the number of voters registered on the consular record. An absentee voting certificate issued in a polling station abroad shall be considered reason for inclusion in the list of voters in an ordinary election precinct only.

7. Absentee voting certificate forms that have not been transferred to polling station election commissions shall be kept by the territorial election commission. On the basis of a written motivated request from a polling station election commission of an ordinary election precinct, on the decision of the territorial election commission the requested additional number of absentee voting certificate forms shall be transferred to this polling station election commission