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Elections Online - Permanently Updated Information

30.05.2009

In case of the problems and violations during the elections, please call the hotline to receive free legal aid. If there is a necessity the ambulance car will provide the aid at spots.

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Today at 8:00 ambulance cars started their work. 20 cars went to different districts of the city. The staff of each car is comprised of one lawyer, a proxy, an activist, and a journalist. The work of the cars is coordinated according to the calls received by the hotline.

21:35 Voter Alina Kharatyan went to the polling station 9/03 around 19:30 and discovered that somebody has already singed instead of her. The voter informed head of the committee Karen Hovhannisyan, who is member of the Republican party. However he refused to record the case, delayed the process until the end of the elections. He also intimidated Alina Kharatyan and said that will make a protocol against her and it is her signature and she has voted. Alina Kharatyan also went to the police, however they refused to accept her compliant. This situation was covered by the journalist from "Zhamanak" newspaper who witnessed this incident.

21:30 Question- Does the member of the committee has a right to put a personal stamp instead of the signature
Answer-No

20:55 At the polling station 4/21 it was refused to give final number of voters and reasoned that they would not inform until final counting would be made.

20:50 Call was received from the observer that the polling station 8/24 was surrounded by special forces "red hats" for a while. It is wirthy to remind, that an hour ago two bunches of ballots were lost from this polling station.

20:40 A call received from the representative of IWPR Manushak Tavrisyan who is allowed to be present during the counting of election results as a journalist. However she was coercively removed from the polling station 08/01 and she was not allowed to enter station 08/02

20:40 Call is received that at the polling station 5/10, 5/9 group of people entered the station

20:20 Our observer informed that at the polling station 5/15 after closer group of people entered the station and made a ballot stuffing.

20:20 A call was received that at the polling station 8/24 two bunches of voting ballots were lost. Currently there is a conflict at the station.

20:15 Question- Is observer allowed to stay at the station and be present during the counting of votes.
Answer- Yes, allowed

20:15 Candidate form ANC have called and informed that at the polling station 5/10 ballot staffing took place, situation is tense.

20:15 At the polling station 5/27 school 145 after closing down group of people entered the station

19:55 Car 20 was sent to the polling station 8/18. 30 people entered the polling station, intimidated journalist of "Haykakan Zhamanak" newspaper. Then members of Erkrapah Union came and made those people leave the station.

19:50 A call was received that at the polling station 4/19 voting lists were not available, were closed for the voters in the inaccessible place .

19:36 A call was received that at the polling station 10/20, in the school 114 there is information that ballot stuffing took place. However this information was disproved

19:30 The journalist of our group informed us that at 8/18 polling station a woman was agitating to vote for the Republican party saying that she is doing right they are her relatives.

18:58 Car number 15 has informed that observer at the polling station said, that in the morning people were brought to the station by buses and mini buses. They were checked according the lists and those people voted for the Republican party.

18:17 It was received a call that at the polling station 4/27 somebody voted on behalf of other person. This incident was recorded by the ANC proxy. This resulted in attempt to take out the proxy from the polling station. Car number 3 is sent.

18:00 Car number 20 informed that 15 male persons entered the polling station 8/24 and stood in front of the committee. One of them stuffed ballots into the box. Member of the committee tried to close the box and got injury in hand. Head of the committee disproof this information.

17:55 4/21polling station
Car number 3 informed that at the school on the Kochar street there is a tension between representatives of Republican Party and Prosperous Armenia Party.

17:42 On 15:50 hotline received the information regarding shootings around school 142. According to the preliminary information member of the committee form the Republican party have shot at the member of Prosperous Armenia Party. Currently it is impossible to determine where is the person. (see more details in the information below for 15:50).
Later the hotline received number of calls regarding this incident. Therefore we find it necessary to present following clarifications.
Representative of the ANC Levon Zurabyan confirmed this information in the phone conversation.
The hotline also received a call form a person who presented herself as a head of the committee (from that polling stat) and said that they do not have any information regarding this incident and if this kind of incident happened they would hear shootings.
Press service of the Prosperous Armenia Party said that they do not have information regarding shooting.

17:43 Question- Who is eligible to appoint members of the district committee?
Answer- General clarification was provided based on the provisions of Article 37 of the Electoral Code

17:40 Car number 5 has informed that at the polling station 11/22 conflict sparkled between Republican party and Prosperous Armenia party representatives. Special forces were brought there. Currently the situation is tense.

17:30 At 17:15 at 8/24 polling station as proxies of ANC Nahapetyan Marine and Karine Harutyunyan as well as representative of Armenian Dashnaktsutyun party Valeri Khachatryan has stated mass ballot stuffing took place.
"15-20 young people entered the polling station, stood before us, and each took out 15 ballots and started to fill. In such a way 2 people filled 40 ballots, when the third man wanted to fill it our representative challenged him by trying to close the ballot box, but they closed it on his hand", said proxy of ANC Karine Harutyunyan.
Marine Nahapetyan's fingers were hurt, but as a result she managed to prevent ballot stuffing done by the third young man. "It is clear that it'll be that way, as until that incident, many gatherings took place here".
Head and deputy head of the commission were not present during ballot stuffing. The witnesses have prepared a protocol, where they have also mentioned even the number of the cars by which these young men have come. The car numbers are SL97023, SL40108, LU178, 07OS161. "We were not here, and we don't know what has happened. We went to disperse the people gathered outside, then we heard a noise, when we got there, it was already late", said Seda Hakobyan head of the commission.
In any case she declined to register this incident in the registration book stating that she was not present at the moment. Members of ANC say that they hope this issue will be regulated after 20:00 o'clock, when votes are counted.
"The copy should differ", said Karine Harutyunyan.

17:24 Car number 11 has informed that at the polling station 5/7 voter had two ballots and 2 envelopes in his hands. Member of the committee noticed that however neither the citizen nor members of the committee were not able to give any explanation

17:05 Car number 5 informed that at the polling stations 11/20, 11/21 as of 12:00 PM people were brought to the polling stations and there were more than 15 people there.

17:00 Car number 5 informed that at the polling station 11/19 of Shengavit district all data of the voter was filled in and signed by someone else.

16:58 Car number 9 received a complaint that at the polling station 8/31 one person voted 7 times.

16:45 Car number 10 has informed that at the polling stations on the Yarov and Arsumanyan streets there are groups of citizens and police officers.

16:45 Question- Does the candidate for elderly is eligible to be proxy at the same time?
Answer - It is not prohibited by law

16:30 A call was received regarding the fact that at the polling stations 5/3 Jeroyan Derenik is proxy and member of the Committee at the same time which is violation of the law.

16:28 At the polling stations 9/01, 9/02, 9/03 car number 4 has noticed gatherings

16:16 Car number 3 informed that at the polling station 4/28 conflict has sparkled between proxy and member of the Committee. Then jeep cars arrived and took the proxy with them.

16:10 Car number 1, polling station 10/31
Behind the building of school 55 after Chekhov it was noticed accumulation of mini buses

15:50 Car number 4 has informed that around the school number 142 shots happened. According to preliminary information, member of the committee form the Republican party shoot on the member of the Prosperous Armenia, who is wounded. Currently it is impossible to determine where is the person.

15:40 Car number 19 informed that at the polling station 7/14 there are big groups of people: Proxy of Dashanktsutyun party recorded that voter presented an empty envelope when he went6 out from the cabin. The voter ran away form the station. Head of the committee immediately called police officers and they managed to stop the person. They brought him back to the polling station and he took the ballot form his pocket. The vote was for Prosperous Armenia party.

15:30 Car 19 has informed that complaint was recorded from the polling station 7/18 regarding beating of the ANC proxy and he was taken. At the polling station 7/17 representative of the ANC and at the polling station 7/18 representative of Heritage party confirmed this information. Our staff members met Anahit Bakhshyan and asked her to verify the information. It was established that the person is currently in the ANC headquarters , later he himself disapproved the information.

15:30 Car 19 informed that at the polling station 7/12 (school 174) ballot staffing and double voting took place. It was noisy for that reason. Head of the committee tried to settle the situation and took out all non participants of the process out from the polling station.

15:30 Car number 5 has informed that at the polling station 12/17 in the list was included last name of a person who is not registered there. Observers discovered that the person is registered in other place.

15:25 Car number 16 has recorded that at the polling station 1/1 a woman was bringing old people by taxi, was instructing them to tell they can not see very well so need assistance. Same woman gave envelopes to those people: Car staff also recorded improper placement of cabins.

15:18 Car number 12 informed that at 5/15 polling station somebody has insulted the representative of Dashnaktsutyun party, other representatives of this party gathered and the deputy of the head of local municipality, who is also from Dashnaktsutyun, slapped the representative of ANC.

15:10 A citizen asked to check the polling station where he has to vote.

15:07 Car number 14 informed that at the polling station 3/05, 3/06 unknown persons were checking lists they had, figuring out who have voted and who did not yet. They were saying "we should bring those who did not vote yet"

14:50 Car number 5 has informed that at the polling station 12/13 it was recorded the following breach : without acknowledging head of the committee assistance was provided during voting.

14:20 Car number 18 has informed that at the poling station 7/12 it was a turmoil and conflicts. Two Republican party representative members of the Committee were arguing with the proxy of the ANC. A protocol was made about the fact that member of the Republican party is preventing the process and called the police. Proxy of the ANC has informed that will leave the station only if he is arrested. Then high level police officials were called, they entered a separate room with arguing sides. Currently they make clarifications. Nobody is allowed to enter the roo14:20 Car number 18 has informed that at the poling station 7/12 it was turmoil and conflicts. Two Republican party representative members of the Committee were arguing with the proxy of the ANC. A protocol was made about the fact that member of the Republican party is preventing the process and called the police. Proxy of the ANC has informed that will leave the station only if he is arrested. Then high level police officials were called, they entered a separate room with arguing sides. Currently they make clarifications. Nobody is allowed to enter the room. Staff of the car was informed that the reason of arguments was that approximately 30 voters were brought to the station and it appeared they are residence of that voting district. m. Staff of the car was informed that the reason of arguments was that approximately 30 voters were brought to the station and it appeared they are residence of that voting district.
14:35 UPDATE: Police officers decided to take out proxy of the Armenian National Congress. The latter has announced that despite the decision is unlawful, as far as the request to leave was made by the representative of the authority, he will obey. Staff of the car also informed that they recorded improper placement of cabins and in result open voting took place. Head of the committee replaced the cabin upon the request of the car staff.

14:20 Car number 20 has informed that in front of the polling station 7/13 car is parked with flag of the Republican party on it which may be considered as a agitation.

14:15 Car number 14 has informed that at the polling station 3/01 the cabin was not placed properly. Upon the request of the car staff, head of the committee with some delay agreed to replace the cabin. Police room's entrance is in the polling station and they come in and out regularly.

14:13 Car number 5 has informed that at the polling station 12/21 there are gatherings and people immediately left when the car approached

13:45 Car 20 has informed that at the polling station 8/18 100 people managed to vote and the ballots were put in the boxes without envelopes. Representatives of "Dashnaktsutyun" and Armenian National Congress drawn head of the committee's attention to that fact. The latter did take measures and only later when those people voted, sad that it was inadmissible.

13:44 Car number 20 informed that at the polling station 8/18, on 7:40 AM a female asked to allow her to vote. Representatives of the Armenian National Congress did not agree. This female voted on 8:00 AM afterwards and left. On 10:30 the same female came again to vote, Representative of the ANC recognized her and did not allow to vote again. Head of the committee said she was not the same person. However her name was not in the list.

13:25 Car number 2 has recorded an attempt of ballot stuffing at the polling station 9/14. The attempt was prevented.

13:23 polling station 8/32
Staff of the car number 5 has discovered 4 different lists of voters without stamps and signatures made by blue pens, whereas on the lists with stamps the signature are made by black pens

13:15 Car number 14 at 3/01 polling station has recorded that the cabins are placed in a wrong way.

12:53 Question- Does the observer have a right to assist a voter to vote if head of the commission allowed to do so?
Answer- Yes. Limitations concern only proxies. Same person may assist only once.

12:48 From the polling station 2/33 it was informed that people re - write names and addresses of people.

12:41 People are brought to the polling station 8/13 by mini buses. No other violation were noticed

12:37 Question-Does the candidate for elder has a right to be at the polling station as an observer?
Answer-No

12:20 Calls received from the polling station 10/07 that names of dead people are included in the lists of voters

12:08 Polling station 10/11, shcool number 40
Proxy called to the hotline and asked to send a group. Car number 4 was sent.

12:05 To prolong validity date of the passport, citizen applied to the passport department. However the passport was not returned so far. What to do?
Legal advice was provided

11:50 At 9/28 polling station the car number 2 has recorded a violation. A voter saw that somebody else had voted instead of him. Protocol was prepared.

11:45 Nor Nork, polling station 3/34, school number 106
While voting, one of our activists discovered that the station is short of voting ballots however there are still envelopes.

11:43 School number 51, Kochar street
Call is received, that there are group of males standing there, police officers accompany people to the polling station, give them money and new passports. There are dead people in the lists of voters.
UPDATE: Car number 3 was sent on 11:50 AM

11:40 Shengavit district, polling station 8/33
Car number 5 has informed that there are no stamps on the list of proxies.

11:40 Car was sent to the polling station 5/17, school 93, Davidashen district: Car number 2 has informed that there are 3 proxies from Republican party present, one of them is preventing work of the our staff. Car number 11 was sent there.
UPDATE: 12:07 One of the representatives of our staff called and said that one he had got physical harm. Additional group of lawyers went to the place.
UPDATE: Our group recorded that unknown people were going round the polling station, who tried to control voting process. The group of the car has approached them asked them to show their documents. At first they didn't show any documents, then one of them said that he was Levon Barseghyan and introduced the Republican party proxy's document. Before that he had tried to take the photocamera and managed to harm one of the representatives of our staff. Protocol was prepared.

11:39 Question- Is it allowed to vote using photocopy of the passport? What should be done if the passport was lost?
Answer- Is necessary to request the passport department for receiving ID

11:35 Polling station 9/1
Car number 2 has informed thay journalist Gohar Veziryan was beaten.

11:25 Car number 4 was sent to 9/04, 9/05 polling stations, they say that there are gatherings; staff of the car has applied to the head of the Commission the latter has refused to take ny steps.

11:22 Question- What time the elections are finished?

11:13 Call is received form the school number 110 regarding distribution of bribes. Car number 6 was there on 11:20 AM and informed that they did not notice anything. Representatives from GALA TV channel are also there.

11:13 At the school number 110 bribes were given. Car number 11/20 is clarifying the situation on the spot.

11:10 Car number 5 has informed that it was an assault on the head of the commission at the polling station 11/04. He refused to give explanations. At the polling station 11/03 there is no stamps on the lists of voters.

11:10 A citizen was included in the list of Republican party members without asking him/her about the consent. Legal advice was provided.

11:07 Question- A military is on holiday, and wants to vote. Does he have a right to vote or not?
Answer: According to the Electoral Code a military cannot participate in municipality elections.

11:05 At the polling stations 9/04 and 9/05 an open voting is going on. Car was sent there.

10:56 school number 114
Car 2 has informed that proxy is approaching voters and giving instructions. MP Armen Martirosyan is also there and trying to settle the situation.

10:50 Polling station 38 9/1, Nar Dos
Car number s2 has informed that there was a battle; journalists of "Chorord Ishkhanutyun" and "Hayk" newspapers were beaten. They were hospitalized: The violators were MP Levon Sargsyan and his security guards.

10:40 Question- Name of the person is not in the list of voter.
Legal advice was provided

10:38 School number 114 , polling station 10/20
Car number 1 has informed, that MP of the Heritage Party is regulating situation inside the station. There were gathering, someone not eligible was trying to settle the situation there

10:30 Shengavit 110 school, people are brought on cars to 11/27, 11/28 polling stations. A number of people enter the polling station at the same time. Car number 6 was sent.

10:30 Hotline car number 5
Shengavit district, school number 74, polling station 11/30
Hotline received a call about distribution of money. Hotline car is sent.
10:35 UPDATE: Car has informed, there are gatherings.

10:30 Hotline car number 2, School after Chekhov, polling station 10/31
The staff of the car informed that situtaion is normal there. Currently car number is on the way in reponse to the call.

10:30 Shengavit, school number 97, polling 11/31.
Siginficant number of are brought to the station, they enter the station together: Car number 6 also has recorded that people are brought by mini buses.

10.20 There is a headquarters of Republican party , 27/2 Tigran Mets. Passports of the majority of the voters is taken and then they go to vote. Car number 1 of the hotline is sent.

10:15 Nor Nork, Polling station 1/33
Journalist were denied the access to the station. Car number 8 of the hotline was sent.

10.10 Noragavit, polling station 12/10 6, Hotline car number 6 registered the following: Disordered situation, gridlocks, and gatherings of people.

9.45 Noragavit polling station 12/13
People are brought by cars for voting. Hotline car number 6 registered numbers of all those cars.

9.45 Car number 6, Shengavit district, school number 97
Gatherings of elderly people are noticed. They are brought to the polling station by cars.
Car was sent.

9.29 Car number 7, Nor Nork
Question- If a citizen have vision problem and someone else is going to vote instead of that citizen, is it necessary to make a protocol?
Answer-No

9.25 School 182
People are brought by cars. Hotline car was sent to the station.
9.45 UPDATE: The car is at place. The situation is normal.

9.23 car number 6, school 97
There are gathering: A police officer controlling entrance to the polling station, however he is not allowed to do so

9.14 Question- Which court it is necessary to apply in order to be included in the voting list?
Legal advice was provided

9.10 Question- Citizen is not registered: Whether he/she is eligible to vote? Legal advice was provided.

9.10 Proxy was interested how complaint application should be made. Legal advice was provided.

9.10 Question- Citizen is not registered: Whether he/she is eligible to vote? Legal advice was provided.