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BALLOT, government. A diminutive ball, i. e. a little ball used in giving votes; the act itself of giving votes. A little ball or ticket used in voting privately, and, for that purpose, put, into a box, (commonly called a ballot-box,) or into some other contrivance.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The ECP representatives appeared before the court of Sajid Mehmood Sethi and submitted the reply contending that NOTA could not be included in the ballot papers because there is no such provision of law in the Election Act 2017 as states to include NOTA option.
A view of the ballot papers hidden inside the Gizri school.
The officer will take the thumb impression on a counterfoil of the ballot paper. Thereafter, the assistant presiding officer will stamp the paper for the national (green) and provincial assembly (white) constituencies and sign it.
He informed that it was estimated that the commission required 210 million of total ballot papers for the total constituencies of national and provincial assemblies.
'Therefore there was no new ballot papers that could be issued, so I was told to continue casting my vote,' he said in his police report.
THOUSANDS of postal ballot papers in Mid and West Wales have had to be scrapped because of a printing error.
WHEN voters go to the polls in May for the Assembly elections, the names of the candidates and not just the parties should be printed on the regional list ballot papers, the Liberal Democrats argue.
* do an act that results in the unlawful destruction of, taking of, opening of, or interference with, ballot boxes or ballot papers.
BALLOT papers for postal voters in Kirklees will be sent out over the next few days.
"It's a new generation on the ballot paper and it is how we go forward for Britain and not how we refight the battles of the past."
Each ballot paper will list candidates in a different order, with cryptographic information.
"However, on the sticky strip of the envelope in which both ballot papers should be enclosed there is a line which says 'please insert the ballot paper into this envelope'.