Court accepted the right of observation mission to challenge in administrative court violation of its observer’s rights
As reported before, HCA Vanadzor and its observer challenge the lawfulness of the actions of district election commission №14 at the RA NA elections of April 2, 2017. Note that upon noticing cases when the same person assisted for 3 times persons unable to vote independently at polling station №14/10 in Armavir marz (region), O.A., who conducted observation mission within ‘Independent Observer’ Alliance, suggested that the commission chairperson recorded the fraud in the register but was denied. A relevant complaint was also rejected by the district election commission №14 insisting that the fraud was recorded.
Reference on Actions Taken by Legal Team of Independent Observer’ Public Alliance during and after National Assembly Elections of April 2, 2017
HCA Vanadzor and organization’s observer challenge in a court of law the legitimacy of the election commission’s actions
During the observation mission carried out by the ‘Independent Observer’ Public Alliance on RA NA election day of April 2, 2017, an observer of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor at polling station №14/10 in Armavir marz (region) noticed, among other frauds, some cases when the same person assisted for 3 times persons unable to vote independently and then suggested recording that fraud in the polling station election commission’s register. The chairperson of the commission rejected the request without any grounds.
Civil Society Demands an Investigation into the Fact of Organized and Mass Abuse of Administrative Resources. Statement
On 24 March 2017, the Union of Informed Citizens NGO (“UIC”) exposed outrageous abuse of public and administrative resources for the benefit of the Republican Party of Armenia (“RPA”) during the Republic of Armenia National Assembly election campaign by staff of a number of community and district municipalities and regional government offices of the Republic of Armenia, in abuse of … Continue reading
It follows from the above that during the election campaign the candidates, nominated political parties and blocs did not enjoy equal opportunities as prescribed by the RA Electoral Code, the election campaign was accompanied by continuous violations through misuse of administrative resources which were not prevented by the RA CEC and law enforcement agencies and which cast suspicion on the fair and free nature of the elections.
The 2 April parliamentary elections were well administered and fundamental freedoms were generally respected. Despite welcomed reforms of the legal framework and the introduction of new technologies to reduce the incidents of electoral irregularities, the elections were tainted by credible information about vote-buying, and pressure on civil servants and employees of private companies.
The civil society in the Republic of Armenia constantly highlighted a number of problems regarding the electoral processes and the failure to solve such problems gives grounds to doubt the elections held in the country.
Supplementary statement: a copy of the reference from technical device at polling station 31/49 in Gyumri was issued to the observer after alert
On April 2, 2017, after 8 pm, the observers representing ‘Independent Observer’ Alliance alerted that observers were denied copies of the references printed from the technical devices at polling stations 21/05 and 31/49.
Artur Sakunts: “It’s clear that our voter voted for the Republican Party; I saw it during the calculation of votes”
“The joy of the parties that will get into the National Assembly should be qualified as feast during plague”, Artur Sakunts, Chairman of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor, said today at his meeting with journalists.
At polling stations 21/05 and 31/49, observers were denied copies of references printed from technical devices as prescribed by law
‘Independent Observer’ Alliance observers alert that observers at polling stations 21/05 and 31/49 were denied copies of references printed from technical devices.
At polling station 21/05, they were denied such copy on the pretext that it was not prescribed by law and at polling station 31/49, the chairperson of the commission said that the device printed only 1 copy which should be submitted to the Territorial Election Commission.
The ‘Independent Observer’ Public Alliance representatives alert that the lights went off simultaneously in 4 villages in Lori marz (region): Hobardzi, Vardablur, Gyulagarak and Pushkino during the vote count.
Crime report submitted on obstructing activities of the members of Public Observers’ Group Conducting Public Monitoring at Penitentiary Institutions and Facilities
Today, the media and social networks shared the statement of the members of the Public Observers’ Group Conducting Public Monitoring at the RA MoJ Penitentiary Institutions and Facilities that at ‘Nubarashen’ and ‘Kentron’ penitentiary facilities, the observation mission of Arman Sahakyan from ‘New Generation’ Humanitarian NGO and Hasmik Harutyunyan from ‘Protection of Rights without borders’ NGO was obstructed. They are members of the Public Observers’ Group Conducting Public Monitoring at the RA MoJ Penitentiary Institutions.