The monitoring was conducted by Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center about which Varujan Hoktanyan, Project Director of Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center, gave a press conference at Media Center on July 7.
“The number of voted and unvoted ballot papers should be equal to the number of voters in the polling station. The number of valid and invalid ballots in the ballot box should be equal to the number of signatures in the registers that the voter signs before voting. If they are different, it means they should be paid attention,” Hoktanyan said that during the monitoring, a number of inaccuracies were uncovered.
Hoktanyan underlines that during the Parliamentary Elections in 2017 as well as during the previous state elections, inaccuracies with addresses were fixed.
“Unlike the Referendum of 2015, 47,165 new addresses have been added to the polls during the elections in 2017 but at the same time, 43,003 addresses are removed. We provided this to the parties so that they could pay attention to those fictive addresses. We have not examined the inaccuracies associated with addresses because the program did not give a chance to verify the addresses, and if we were to study it, it would take us 4-5 months to work,” Hoktanyan said.
Within the framework of the monitoring, the voting speed was also assessed.
“We have counted how many people cast ballots in ballot boxes during a major queue at polling stations or how many people voted in half an hour. At best, it takes about 50 seconds to go through the identification, sign up, vote in the voting booth, paste the stamp, and put the ballot in the ballot box. However, 181 polling stations have been registered where the speed of voting exceeded 50 seconds,” Hoktanyan said.
He mentions that no more than 2,000 people should vote during the 12 hours of voting in each polling station but in some cases, it was not the case.
“More than 500 people can not go to the polls in 3 hours if 2,000 people are to vote in the polling station throughout the day but 46 polling stations have been registered where more than 500 people voted in 3 hours,” Hoktanyan said.
Referring to the correlation between the voter turnout and the votes gained by the political forces, Hoktanyan stressed: “In the previous elections, Serzh Sargsyan received more votes in polling stations where the participation was high, where there was little participation, there were fewer votes. The same correlation was with the supporters of "yes" during the referendum. And this time there were no such pure corruption in the parliamentary elections,” Hoktanyan added.
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