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Saturday, April 14, 2018

“This is not a copy of the election”: the CEC commented on the confusion on voting in Vietnam


A citizen of Russia, came to the polling station in the Consulate General of Ho Chi Minh city, suggested that the paragraph gave him not an official Bulletin and a copy of it.

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As we found out “MK”, 34-the summer citizen of Russia Denis Hops, temporarily residing in Vietnamese in 2018 for the first time decided to go to the polls. Vote he wanted before the official date, and March 16 went to one of the local polling stations. Those wishing to vote were many: the man an hour and a half had to wait their turn under the hot sun, to come finally to the building site.

“This is the year I decided to go to the polls because they felt it is the man who does not go to the polls, remains, of course, man, but for the authorities he is not a citizen, – says Denis. – I decided it was time to be a citizen.”

According to the voter, the ballot immediately sparked questions: the printing on it was black, not blue — the rest, due to the poor coverage of the election point, the man was unable to carefully examine the details of the document. Prior to issuance of the Bulletin of the local item has signatures on it, which also caused confusion men — but, in the end, Dennis and I decided that it should, and voted for one of the candidates. After returning home, the man decided to share their experiences in social network Facebook: in addition to like-minded people who have posted pictures of the ballots, slightly differing from his own, he quickly got in touch and a member of the CEC, who has asked Hops to tell the details and promised to investigate the situation.

As explained “MK” in the press service of the CEC, if a voter from Vietnam really gave the ballot a copy of the Bulletin, not the original — it is a gross violation of election procedures and serious incident requiring investigation. Moreover, even if the copies “certified by the” signatures of officials is not a sufficient reason to recognize such a vote legitimate: only official ballots, with authentic stamps and watermarks can be included in the vote.

– Of course, the voter had to give the original – it’s not a dress rehearsal of elections, – says an employee of the CEC. But by color print and other details need to be clarified. If violations have taken place – will be checked.

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