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19th Presidential Election Ballot Papers for May 9 to be Printed from April 30

Date :Apr/04/2017Read : 206

19th Presidential Election Ballot Papers for May 9 to be Printed from April 30


= To avoid confusion for voters, the cut-off period for changes to ballot papers if a candidate withdraws, dies or has their registration invalidated has been determined =

 

The National Election Commission (NEC) will print ballot papers for the 19th presidential election day from April 30.

 

Accordingly, if a candidate withdraws, dies or has their registration invalidated after April 30, this will not be reflected on the ballot paper. 

However, in the case of ballot papers for early voting, shipboard voting, overseas voting and home voting, the cut-off period for reflecting changes on ballot papers is different due to the different voting periods and printing methods.

 

The NEC has determined the cut-off period for reflecting changes on the ballot paper in order to prevent confusion for voters caused by a candidate no longer running and prevent invalid ballots.

 

The timing of ballot paper printing and the cut-off for reflecting changes on ballot papers due to a candidate no longer running have been determined by the NEC and are as follows.

 

 

Type of Ballot Paper

Election Day/ Voting Period

Printing Start Date

Cut-off Point for Removing a Candidate’s Name

Printing Method

Election Day

May 9

April 30

April 29

Printed by a Printing Company

Shipboard Voting

May 1 – 4

April 19

April 18

Sent by Shipboard Facsimile

Overseas Voting

April 25 – 30

April 23

April 22

Ballot Paper Printer (at polling station)

Home Voting

Sent by April 29

April 26

April 25

Ballot Paper Printer (at polling station)

Early Voting

May 4 and 5

May 4

May 3

Ballot Paper Printer (at polling station)



 


Election Day (May 9) Ballot Papers

 

If there has been a change due to a candidate no longer running by April 29th, the candidates name may be removed from the ballot paper, but if the change is made on or after April 30 the candidates name cannot be removed. This deadline has been determined because a set period is required to print the ballot papers (about two days), there is a deadline for publicizing an example ballot paper (must be done at least seven days before the election day), time is required for the preparation of early voting and because of voting and counting-related administrative affairs.

 

Early, Overseas, Shipboard and Home Voting Ballot Papers

 

For early voting to be conducted on May 4 and 5, changes can be reflected on the ballot paper if a candidate withdraws, dies or has their registration invalidated up until May 3. Ballot papers for early voting are printed in the ballot station using the ballot paper printer, and therefore it is possible to reflect changes on ballot papers due to a candidate no longer running right up until the day before early voting begins.

 

In the case of ballot papers for the overseas voting (voting period April 25 - 30), it is possible to reflect changes on ballot papers due to a candidate no longer running up until April 22. Although a ballot paper printer is used in the polling station, this deadline takes into consideration the statutory deadline to send a ballot manuscript to each diplomatic mission by two days before the start of the voting period (April 23).

 

Ballot papers for shipboard voting, which will be held from May 1 to 4, must be sent by fax nine days before the election. This deadline is early because it is necessary to take into consideration the period of sending faxes to ships located in areas where satellite communication is not possible or intermittent. Therefore, it is only possible to reflect changes on ballot papers due to a candidate no longer running up until April 18.

 

In addition, in the case of ballot papers that are sent to those who registered for home voting, such as those in hospital or nursing homes, it will be possible to reflect changes on ballot papers due to a candidate no longer running up until April 25. 

 

The deadlines set above are done in the same way as the 18th presidential elections except for the deadlines for home voting. The deadline to reflect changes on the ballot paper has moved three days later than the last presidential election (10 days before the election, April 29) because early voting is being used for the first time in presidential elections and the ballot papers are being printed using the same ballot printer, and there is a statutory deadline to send ballot papers.  

 

The NEC has already informed the five political parties with seats in the National Assembly of this and other related information.

If a candidate is no longer running in the election but it was announced after the deadline and their name still appears on the ballot paper, the NEC will post information at early voting stations and polling stations on election day in order to avoid confusion for voters. 

 

In addition, for overseas voters, a notice will be posted on the homepage of the overseas diplomatic mission and for shipboard voters a letter explaining the candidate is no longer running will be sent alongside the ballot paper to inform voters. 

 

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