YEREVAN, February 18. /ARKA/. The ink stamps in Armenian voters’ passports are erased by wet wipes, Hovsep Khurshudyan, a spokesman for presidential candidate Raffi Hovannisian’s campaign headquarter, told Novosti-Armenia agency on Monday.
“This thing refers to all passports regardless of a polling station,” he said.
The complaints about the ink stamps in passports were also signaled on May 6 parliamentary elections in Armenia. At that time, the ink was of a low-quality and was disappearing quite quickly (it should have disappeared not earlier than 12 hours).
The spokesman also said the observers had reported on ballot stuffing in Tashir village.
“Our representatives tried to protocol the violations, but the heads of commissions do not allow us to do so,” he noted and added they had received signals some ballot stuffing would be done in other polling stations of the republic.
Armenia’s presidential elections kicked off on February 18 at all polling stations at 8 a.m. sharp.
Hovannisian’s headquarter disseminated a video which shows the passport ink stamp is easily erased by hydrogen peroxide.
Seven candidates 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 Hovannisian, well-known Soviet dissident and leader of Union for National Self-Determination party Paruyr Hayrikyan, ex- foreign minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Arman Melikyan, political scientist and head of Radio Hay Andrias Ghukasyan and specialist in epic studies Vardan Sedrakyan. –0-