YEREVAN, February 18. /ARKA/. Mass violations occur in Armenia’s presidential elections, press secretary of presidential contender Raffi Hovannisian’s election campaign office Hovsep Khurshudyan reported.
Armenia’s presidential vote is currently under way at a total of 1,988 ballot stations across the country.
“Since 8 o’clock in the morning, we have been receiving reports fr om all over the country about violations, particularly open voting, stuffing, and controlled voting. Cases of stamps disappearing from passports are also being reported”, Khurshudyan said.
Khurshudyan demonstrated to reporters how easily the stamp in the passport can be removed with a wet tissue.
Raffi Hovannisyan’s authorized representatives report that some village community heads stand at polling stations and organize an open voting process. This happens in villages wh ere bribing was reported for voting in favor of incumbent president Serzh Sargsyan the day before, Khurshudyan said.
Raffi Hovannisyan’s election campaign office applied to the law-enforcement agencies for all these reports to be considered under a respective procedure.
The press secretary also expressed doubts about additional voters’ lists. According to Khurshudyan, the lists should include only citizens who live temporarily in Yerevan, but are registered in the country’s regions. Candidates’ authorized persons found additional lists for Yerevan, which included hundreds of people from the same village.
In this respect, member of Heritage party Armen Martirosyan will make an official statement to the central electoral commission and request them to publish additional voters’ lists today.
Among other violations is crowding at ballot stations, Khurshudyan said. He stressed that no gathering of more than five people at a polling station at the same time is allowed under the electoral code. Meanwhile, authorised persons report flocking at some polling stations both in Yerevan and in the regions, which creates additional tension, Khurshudyan said.
The press secretary also reported that some local electoral commission heads refuse to record violations seen by authorised persons of the candidate.
Seven contenders are running for the country’s president today: incumbent president Serzh Sargsyan, former prime minister and leader of Freedom party Hrant Bagratyan, former foreign minister and leader of Heritage party Raffi Hovhannisyan, well-known 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 and specialist in epic studies Vardan Sedrakyan.. –0—