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Paragraph 25

Finally, the rather inconspicuous provisions of Article 16.6 on the establishment of electoral precincts outside the national territory deserve certain attention. At first glance, this measure is a purely administrative act, and the relevant competence seems to belong rightfully to the Central Election Commission (CEC). However, the ‘counting’ of external votes is a political issue and may be – depending on the electoral system and the political distribution of external votes – severely disputed among political parties. Therefore, it would be sensible to regulate the establishment of external precincts more precisely by law (as already mentioned under Article 4), especially since citizens staying abroad are allowed to vote for candi­dates in single-member constituencies in parliamentary elections (Article 16.6).