Head of Central Electoral Commission refused to comment on possible put-off of vote due to assassination attempt on presidential nominee
YEREVAN, February 1. /ARKA/. Head of Armenia’s Central Electoral Commission Tigran Mukuchyan refused to comment on possible postponement of the presidential vote due to the assassination attempt on candidate for president, leader of National Self-Determination party Payruyr Hayrikyan, Armnews TV channel reports. More information about the possible put-off
May be available Saturday, the head of the commission said.
According to Armenia’s Constitution, presidential elections may be postponed if insurmountable obstacles occur on the way of any presidential nominee. If such obstacles are not eliminated within two-week time, new elections are scheduled and the vote is held on the fortieth day after expiry of the above two-week term.
Allegedly, the put-off depends on Hayrikyan’s health condition.
Hayrikyan was shot in the shoulder in the center of Yerevan, Tpagrichneri street, where he lives, around 23:30 yesterday.
Now he is in a moderate condition, doctors say.
Armenia’s presidential elections are scheduled for February 18.
Eight nominees are running for Armenia’s president: current president Serzh Sargsyan, former prime minister and leader of Freedom party Hrant Bagratyan, former foreign minister and head of Heritage party Raffi Hovhannisyan, famous Soviet dissident and leader of National Self-Determination party Paruyr Hayrikyan, ex foreign minister of Karabakh Arman Melikyan, political scientist and head of Radio Hay Andrias Ghukasyan, philologist Vardan Sedrakyan and leader of National Consent party Aram Harutinyan. –0--