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Paragraph 69

All polling stations are authorised to have ballots equal to the total number of registered voters plus two percent (Article 74.11). Such a provision provides for the unintentionally spoiling of ballots by voters who then must request another ballot. Article 79.11 details the process for spoiling a ballot and the issuance of a new ballot to a voter. The article appears detailed and well-formulated in regards to ensuring spoiled ballots are easily identified as such to prevent possibilities of duplicate or fraudulent voting. However, Article 79.11 states that “It is not allowed to give out the election ballots instead of the spoiled one repeatedly”. It would be better for the draft law to specify a numeric limit to how many times a voter could request a new ballot, as the term “repeatedly” leaves much room for subjective interpretation by individual polling officials and likely unequal application of the law.