“Citizen-Observer” Submitted 50 Complaints to the CEC about the Election Violations
14.04.2017
11:00
During the Parliamentary elections on April 2, 2017, 3112 observers of "Citizen Observer" initiative conducted an observation mission from early morning in 1521 polling stations.

The legal team of the initiative has started the appeal process based on 1,000 violations identified by the observers. Lusine Hakobyan, Member of the “Citizen-Observer” Initiative, at Media Center on April 14. 

The press conference of “Citizen-Observer” Initiative was about the appeal process in the post-electoral stage.

As Hakobyan said, 325 appeals have been filed in 37 District Electoral Commissions on April 3 and 4 (the appeal has not been submitted only to the 6th District Electoral Commissions. 167 of the other complaints refer to violations of objective election rights, and 158 are subjective. “There were many barriers that hindered the effectiveness of the appeal, due to the laws and activities of the electoral commissions,” he said, noting the constraints of the law.   

Hakobyan mentioned some of them: the ban on sending the appeals by post and the requirement to submit them to District Electoral Commissions; the deadline limit for submission of complaints. Complaints may be filed before 22.00 on the voting day, from 12.00 to 18.00 on the day after the election, at 9.00-11.00 on the second successive day of elections; the legal consequences of not attaching attorneys to the appeals; the requirement to attach the copy of the observer's certificate to the appeal. 

Because of these requirements, it was impossible to submit appeals on the Elections Day and during the calculation of votes as the law permits the District Electoral Commissions not to submit the appeals.

She said that the territorial election commissions also hindered the submission and consideration process of appeals, rejecting the complaint because of the lack of an attorney. “According to the legislation, decisions on appeals should be hung on the wall of territorial election commission building within 24 hours in a visible place but in some cases, the legal team of the initiative found out that it was not the case,” she said.

Now according to her, the legal team of the initiative at the same time appeals the decisions of the territorial election commissions, submitting the appeals to the Central Electoral Commissions. “Lawyers submitted 50 appeals to the CEC but they accepted them only the next day, saying that it is not a working day, despite the fact that the CEC held a session litigating the elections results at that moment,” Lusine Hakobyan says, adding that there were several instances when citizens applied to the initiative, informing that someone else voted instead of them. 

Levon Barseghyan, Chairman of Asparez Journalists’ Club and Member of “Citizen-Observer” Initiative, referring to the cases of voting instead of others stated that now the initiative studies the signed lists of voters. The results will be published after the work is completed.

At the same time, he informed that the initiative now presents an interim report about the appealing process of violations. “Soon the final report will be ready and it will be presented to media and public,” he added. 

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Arshaluys Mghdesyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email to arshaluismghdesyan@pjc.am.

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