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Guidanee

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Counting of Votes

Some illustrative cases of valid and invalid ballot papers

WEST BENGAL STATE ELECTION COMMISSION


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Origind mark (Anticlockwise marmer) in colunn of candidate I and impre$sion (Clockwise manner) due to
wrong folding in column of c.ndidate 3.
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hdirtinct hark in colunm ofcandidate 1 only and hence futention clerr (mark partial$ in column of candidat 1
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Mark not made with instrument supplied.

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Multiple Yoting

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