The use of mobile ballot boxes (at the living place of the voter) is provided for by Article 54 of the Code for voters who are not able to go to the polling station. Mobile voting may take place on the basis of a written or an oral request, which can be made as late as two hours before the close of polling stations on Election Day. It must be underlined that, according to the Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters, “mobile ballot boxes should only be allowed under strict conditions, avoiding all risks of fraud”. Experience shows that this has not been the case in Belarus. Although it is not excluded in democratic countries to follow special voting procedures also on the basis of oral requests, the use of mobile ballot boxes should be strictly regulated. At a minimum, the requests should be made in written form with signatures and prior to election day in order to avoid malpractice and illegal activities.
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