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Organisation : Central Election Commission
Facility : Vote Counting
Country : Bulgaria
Vote Counting : https://www.electionin.org/uploads/2996-Votecount.pdf
Website : https://www.cik.bg/en/laws

CIk BG Vote Counting

** After the closing of the polls, the chairperson of the section election commission shall declare the voting completed.

** Any unused and miscompleted ballots shall be counted before the opening of the ballot box, shall be packed separately, shall be sealed with a paper tape, and shall be removed from the counting table.

** The counterfoils showing the ballot numbers and the control receipts of the machine voting shall be packed separately and shall be sealed with a paper tape.
** The paper tape shall be stamped with the seal of the commission and signed by the members of the commission.

Tallying Machine Voting

** After the completion of the voting, the section election commission shall tally the machine voting results in the voting section complying with the provisions of this Section according to a procedure established by the Central Election Commission.

** Upon ascertainment of the machine voting results, the number of voters who voted by voting machine shall equal the number of votes confirmed in the machine voting.

Tally Sheet

** The section election commission shall ascertain the results of voting by paper ballots and the machine voting results and shall enter the said results in a tally sheet.
** The tally sheet of the section election commission shall be in three identical copies and shall be manufactured of three-ply carbonless copy paper.
** The tally sheet shall be protected by print security features determined by a decision of the Central Election Commission.
** The tally sheet shall state the names of the parties, coalitions and nomination committees in the form in which they were registered to contest the elections.
** The names shall be printed in the tally sheet according to the sequential number on the ballot of the relevant party, coalition and nomination committee.
** Each copy of the tally sheet shall consist of two leaves with separate pages.
** The general data about the voting in the voting section and the votes for the parties, coalitions and nomination committees shall be entered on the first leaf.
** The preferences for the candidates of the parties and coalitions shall be entered on the second leaf.
** Before completing the tally sheet, a draft consisting of two leaves shall be prepared, whereof the form and content shall be identical with the tally sheet.

Miscompleted Tally Sheet

** If a mistake is made in completing one of the blank forms of the tally sheet, the section election commission shall cancel the miscompleted tally sheet by writing “Miscompleted” on it and the tally sheet shall be signed by all members of the section election commission.

The section election commission shall return the miscompleted form of a tally sheet to the constituency election commission or municipal election commission when delivering the tally sheet showing the voting results, and the serial number of the miscompleted tally sheet shall be checked against the number of the tally sheet as entered in the memorandum of delivery and acceptance of the election stationery.

In case both forms of the tally sheet are miscompleted, the cancelled tally sheets shall be returned to the constituency election commission or municipal election commission after checking the serial numbers of the said tally sheets against the numbers of the tally sheets as entered in the memorandum of delivery and acceptance of the election stationery.

**  The section election commission shall receive a new tally sheet.
** This circumstance shall be described in a memorandum of delivery and acceptance, wherein the serial number of the new tally sheet shall be entered.
** The memorandum of delivery and acceptance shall be signed by all members of the section election commission.

** If a mistake is made in completing the tally sheet with the data of the election results as ascertained, the said mistake shall be corrected by crossing out the mistaken entry and writing the correct data above the said entry.

** A marginal note reading “Correction” shall be made as near as possible to the correction in the tally sheet, and all members of the section election commission shall sign.

Signing of Tally Sheet Correction

** After being drawn up, the tally sheet of the section election commission shall be signed by all members of the commission.

** After the signing, the chairperson shall declare the voting results disaggregated by party, coalition and independent candidate, as well as the number of preferences for each candidate of a party and coalition.

** After the signing of the tally sheet, corrections therein may be made prior to the declaration of the voting results.
** Any such correction shall be signed by all members of the commission, with a marginal note reading “Correction”.
** Any apparent error of fact may be corrected even after the declaration of the result.

** No member of the commission may refuse to sign the tally sheet. A member who disagrees with what the tally sheet records shall sign the said tally sheet with a dissenting opinion, specifying the nature of the dissenting opinion.

** The reasons shall be set forth in writing on a separate leaf and shall be attached as an integral part of the tally sheet.
** Where a member of the commission is prevented from signing the tally sheet for compelling reasons, this fact shall be noted, also specifying the reasons.
** Non-signing of the tally sheet by a member of the commission shall not render the said tally sheet invalid.

** The section election commission shall display a copy of the signed tally sheet, stamped on each page with the seal of the commission and signed by the chairperson, the deputy chairperson and the secretary, in a conspicuous place in front of the building where the said commission is housed.

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