Elections in plain words: election day

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05:08, 15 Feb 2019

Elections in plain words: election day

The parliamentary elections and the national consultative referendum will take place on February 24 and the polling places will be opened at 7am and will be closed at 9pm. If there are voters who didn’t manage to cast their ballots inside the polling place at the closing hour, these will be allowed to vote.

When the voters are inside the polling place, they present to the operator the identity card of the citizen of the Republic of Moldova with the accompanying loose leaf that confirms the person has the domicile or residence in the area covered by the polling place or other papers, such as the temporary identity card that includes mentions about the Moldovan nationality and the holder’s domicile, the soldier’s record and the small book issued by the Civil Service Center to persons who do the civil military service (alternative). Based on the identity card, the operator will check in the State Register of Voters (SRV) if the person can vote namely at the given polling place and if this didn’t vote at another polling place in the same elections. If everything is ok, the operator will indicate in the SRV system that the person voted at the given polling place.

After being checked in the State Register of Voters, the voter will present an identification paper to the member of the electoral office of the polling place and will then put the signature against his/her name where there will be two divisions – one for the parliamentary elections and one for the referendum. In the loose leaf accompanying the identity card, the member of the electoral office will put the stamp “Elections 24.02.19” and then the voter will receive two ballots for the parliamentary  elections and two ballots for the national consultative referendum from the member of the electoral office. The voter can decide whether to take part in the parliamentary elections and in the referendum or only in one of these.

After receiving the ballot, the voter goes to the polling booth and puts the stamp “Voted” in each of the two ballots for the parliamentary elections, inside the circle from the rectangle with the name of the candidate or of the electoral contender that this wants to vote. The circles inside the other rectangles  should remain clean. In the ballot for the consultative referendum, the voter will put the stamp “Voted” inside one circle below the rectangle where it is written “For” or “Against”.

If the voter damaged a ballot or voted for another contender than the desired one out of inattention  and didn’t put the given ballot in the ballot box, this has the right to ask a new ballot, but only once. The spoiled ballot will be annulled and this fact will be indicated in the electoral list and in the proceedings.

After the voter puts the stamp “Voted” in the ballots, this should fold the ballots so that the option is not seen and to put them in the ballot box. The ballots for the parliamentary elections and the referendum will be put in the same box.
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The IPN division “Elections in plain words” is designed to explain notions, terms and practices related to the parliamentary elections based on the mixed electoral system and the consultative referendum that will take place on February 24, 2019.

05:08, 15 Feb 2019

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