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3 What are the reason to reject a ballot?

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Requested and Answered by Sitemaster on 19-Jan-2017 10:47 (1498 reads)
A spoilt ballot is a ballot that voter involuntarily make an error upon marking his/her vote and returns it to the Presiding Officer. The cancellation is done by the Presiding Officer. A spoilt ballot is not placed into the ballot box nor does it counted as a vote. The spoilt ballot is then marked cancelled across it.

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Requested and Answered by Sitemaster on 19-Jan-2017 10:49 (3199 reads)
A rejected ballot is a void vote, or a bad vote. It is declared void by the Returning Officer in the Counting Station. A rejected vote is not a part of the votes counted for each candidate.

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Requested and Answered by Sitemaster on 19-Jan-2017 10:50 (1396 reads)
There are five (5) reasons that ballot are rejected.

- The ballot paper does not have the Presiding Officer's initials on the back of it
- The voter votes for more candidates than seats that are to be filled
- The ballot paper is not marked for any candidate
- The ballot paper contains any mark or writing that can identify the voter
- The ballot paper is unmarked or void for uncertainty

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