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Moreover, the Electoral Code does not provide any clear mechanisms for securely keeping the ballot boxes after the early voting has started. As observers have noted that many violations may take place at that time, it is recommended to provide specific regulations for enhancing the integrity of the ballot with regard to early voting, including the security of the ballot boxes and a daily official record of the number of voters recorded each day to be integrated into the final polling station protocol. Problems may arise if the room where the ballot box is held can be accessed by state institutions or political parties. Instead of securing the ballot boxes for early voting in polling stations when not in use, it may be better for them to be secured by delivering them to the Central Commission, which could count the early votes itself on a district by district basis.