Only hours after the election, the OAS released a blunt report in which, among other things, it denounced "the lack of guarantees for the secrecy of the ballot
box," and "vote buying" in at least six of the 32 departments in the country, which it called a "mockery" of basic electoral norms of any democracy.
SIR - Regarding the secrecy of the ballot
, may I, through you, mention to Kay Jenkins, head of the Electoral Commission, Wales office (Letters, June 25), that "virtually impossible" is not synonymous with "completely impossible"?
The secrecy of the ballot
makes it impossible to prevent people writing nonsense on their ballot papers or leaving them blank.
Although direct statistics obviously cannot be garnered as to how Catholics voted, given the secrecy of the ballot
box and a lack of American electioneering sophistication, a study of areas of the country containing high concentrations of Catholics, coupled with an examination of the winning candidate, reveals an overall picture of the state of the Catholic vote, such as it is, in present-day Canada.
When Cllr Fletcher appeared before the committee she said: "We had all-postal ballots in Stockton in 2003, and I have very deep concerns about the integrity and the secrecy of the ballot
, about many other people filling in ballot papers for other members of the family and for other people.
North East Conservative chairman, Karl Poulsen, said: "We have a number of concerns about mandatory postal ballots relating to fraud and irregularities, as well as questions over how to maintain the secrecy of the ballot
Throughout the world token democracy has been given a chance by the secrecy of the ballot
However, it was dear to us that while the actual polling and counting processes were peaceful and the secrecy of the ballot
was assured, the presidential election in Zimbabwe was marred by a high level of politically motivated violence and intimidation, which preceded the poll .
On the other hand, the secrecy of the ballot
must also be respected so that everyone can vote anonymously.
Having observed or supervised elections in various parts of Eastern Europe, Asia and South America, and having been either a candidate or a campaign worker in more federal, provincial and local elections than I care to remember, I can testify personally to the comfort that comes with knowing that there is no doubt about the impartiality of the people running the process, the secrecy of the ballot
, or the accuracy of the count.
They will be asked, 'Do you want to be dead and insist on the secrecy of the ballot
or do you want to be alive?
Parties are obliged to "affirm and reassure voters with regard to the integrity and secrecy of the ballot
, and not publish or permit propaganda to be disseminated which undermines confidence in the electoral process, or places the secrecy or security of the ballot at issue".