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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.

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Last year, the council rejected just three ballot papers in Earlestown.
Also baring his mind on the development, the deputy governor of Osun State, who is also an indigene of Ikire, Mr Benedict Olugboyega Alabi said the mix up in ballot papers cannot affect the electoral process.
The option was designed to permit the voters to indicate disapproval of the candidates included in a ballot paper.
The letter states that this situation has raised serious questions on the general elections and apparently, it looks that there is no justification of the said bunch of ballot papers found in such public places.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) took notice of a complaint regarding stamped ballot papers found in a garbage dump in Karachi.
A teacher at the secondary school, requesting anonymity, said Thursday was the first day for many students including Jabbar who went to his class and found ballot papers inside his desk.
Earlier, Omar R Qureshi, media consultantfor Pakistan Peoples' Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto, said ballot papers for the NA-247 constituency were found from a school in the Gizri area of the city.
To this effect, the ECP also has written letters to the presiding officers listing down the requirements that a ballot paper would have to be included in the counting process.
The electoral body has stated that Maryam's name will be removed from the ballot papers of NA-127 Lahore while Captain (retd) Safdar's name will be removed from NA-14 Mansehra.
Explaining the sensitive logistic exercise, the Spokesperson said, it involved printing of ballot papers and import of the papers, used for ballot papers, from the United Kingdom and France.
Hundreds of postal voters, especially Malaysians living abroad, experienced delays in receiving their ballot papers and had to fork out high postal fees for international courier services while some overseas voters found out their ballot papers would only reach them two days after polling day.
Gatundu North IEBC returning officer told the Kiambu High Court that ballot papers found dumped and scattered in a forest were genuine.