Results obtained from polling stations were electronically tabulated at the level of Primary Registration Committees.
“Once voting has concluded, only “the polling station officers, permanent and/or mobile candidate agents, accredited observers and media representatives” may remain inside the polling station (Article 100). The head officer opens and empties the ballot box. If the number of ballot papers is different from the count of actual voters according to the checklist, the difference is noted in the polling station report.
“[U]nder the supervision of the candidates or their agents, and accredited observers, if any,” the head officer opens each ballot paper and announces the name of the list and candidate marked by the voter (Article 100). In addition, the Ministry must equip polling stations with “special cameras and television sets” to enable polling agents, agents and observers “to have easy access to the lists and the names marked on the ballot paper during the counting process” (Article 101). Non-official ballot papers and any ballot papers marked other than in accordance with the law are considered invalid (Article 102). However blank ballot papers are counted with the valid votes (Article 103). As noted earlier, there is no provision in the law for a voter to obtain a replacement for a spoiled ballot, and it appears any such ballot papers are treated as invalid.
Once the votes have been counted, the head officer announces and signs the preliminary results of the votes for each list and for each candidate, provides copies to the candidates and agents on request, and posts a copy at the entrance of the polling station (Article 104). The head officer then puts into a special envelope the checklists of voters, the vote tally report and copies of the polling station report signed by all the polling station officers, and seals the envelope with red wax. The head officer, an assistant and a security escort then deliver the envelope to the PRC (Primary Registration Committees) office where it is opened by the president of the PRC in the presence of candidate representatives (Article 105).
The PRC counts the votes of each polling station “using the computer software that processes the count automatically” (Article 106, para.). A manual re-count is made if there is a discrepancy between the computer count and the polling station count (para.). Once the counts of the votes for each list and candidate have been verified, two copies of a report of the results are signed by all PRC members and submitted to the HRC for the constituency (para.).49 After they have been processed by the PRC, the ballot papers, envelopes and documents from each polling station are delivered to a designated employee of the directorate general for political affairs and refugees (para.).”
“The tabulation of results in the Primary Registration Committees, which are headed by judges, was also carried out in the presence of candidate agents and observers in a secure environment. [… ] The judges involved in the tabulation at PRCs and HRCs did not follow the relevant training on the new system and on the introduction of the technology in the tabulation process, nor were they present at the simulation conducted before the election, as noted by observers.”