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Referendum 2015. Violations reported by CSI observers (updated information)

06.12.2015

00:40 – 1/08, Avan – CSI observer reports that at 00:38 the president of the commission in 1/08 polling station threatened to break the journalist’s camera.

23:30 - 1/19, Avan – CSI observer reports from the polling station that the data of voice-count are contradicting. 923 people have voted. According to the voice-count of the commission 402 people have voted “No”, 461 people have voted “Yes”, 52 papers were considered void, and 6 defective. To the observer’s opinion, most of the void papers were valid and corresponded to the model defined by the Central Electoral Commission. The question whether the papers are valid or not was not under discussion as it was already decided unanimously that they were void. The commission didn’t allow CSI observer to take the photo of those papers.

23:25 - 1/22, Avan – 636 people took part in polling, however during the voice-count the number of ballot papers were 779.

22:40 - 1/15, Avan – CSI observer reports that at 22:40 the members of the commission decided to have a break, left the ballot papers without control and are walking in the corridors.

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22:20 – 1/30, Nor Nork – CSI observer reports that in 1/30 polling station voices are counted in a way that the observer doesn’t see the ballot paper. When the observer demanded to show everyone the papers, they answered he does not have the right to see how the ballot papers are filled.

22:15 – 1/17, Avan – CSI observer reports that at 22:13 when only the half time of the voice-count had passed, the commission decided to have a break, ignoring his warning that having a break during a voice count is forbidden.

21:55 – 1/29, Nor Nork – CSI observer reports that several minutes before closing the polling station the trustee of Republican Party together with two other men started drinking homemade vodka, which the observer of Free Society Institute had brought and publicly gave to them.

21:50 - 1/16, Avan – In 1/16 polling station during the voice-count only the person who was counting looked at the ballot papers. But now the situation is under control. 

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21:30 - 1/31, Nor Nork – In the polling station, the director of the school, who is neither member of the commission, nor an entrusted person, takes part in the voice-count process. He refuses to leave and says: “I’ll be where I want to be, I won’t hang a badge, I’ll show everyone, I can even turn off the lights of the school. I know all methods”.

21:03 - 1/29, Nor Nork – The voice-count hasn’t begun in the polling station. The trustee of the Republican Party has turned on loud music and makes noise. He does not respond to the president’s and one of the member’s claims not to make noise.

21:00 - 1/08, Avan – During the voice-count 2 trustees of Republican Party are present, one of them refuses to present himself.

20:30 - 1/08, Avan – At the end of voting, it turned out that the stamp seal and sticking papers were missing.

Correction – Only the sticky papers were missing, which were attached at 20:00 when the polling station closed. 

20:30 - 1/31, Nor Nork – CSI observer is not allowed to enter 1/31 polling station to observe the voice-count.

19:45 - 1/06, Avan – The woman in the video at first voted at 9 o’clock, then came back to the polling station at 12:45 and at 18:00 tried to vote by the identity card of another person, but her trial was prevented by CSI observer. 

Correction – Later the observer explained that this was the case reported at 18:20 and in the video is another woman, not the one who made the violation. 

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19:45 - 1/35, Nor Nork – In 1/35 polling station some persons accompany people. When CSI observer tried to take the photo of these men, the entrusted person of the Republican Party started shouting and said: “Go out, and never come back again”.

Correction – CSI observer reports from 1/35 polling station that some persons regularly came in and out the voting room, asked how the things were going, though they didn’t have any document and were not voters. Noticing this, the trustee of the Republican Party made them leave saying: “Go out and don’t come back again”. 

19:45 - 1/11, Avan – CSI observer reports that at 18:40 one of the voters noticed a signature in front of his daughter’s name, though she is not in the city and couldn’t vote. The observer demanded to record the violation but the president of the commission refused, saying: “We’ll not take into account what a crazy man says”

19:44 - 1/32, Nor Nork – The voter put the envelope of the ballot paper in the polling box without sealing it. In his passport there wasn’t a seal as well.

19:59 - 1/08, Avan – A young man signed in front of the name of an old man, born in 1934. The observer noticed this and informed the president of the commission about it, but the latter replied that the observer does not see well.

19:58 - 1/24, Nor Nork – In front of the names of 4 voters there were signatures, although they say they haven’t voted. The members of the commission scratched the signatures for the voters to sign and get a ballot paper.

Correction – The voter came to sign but it turned out that it was already signed in front of his name, though he didn’t vote. When the voter turned to the commission, they scratched the signatures, explaining it was just a technical mistake, that the voters confused the lines. One of the commission members reported that this was already the 4th similar case. 

19:15 - 1/12, Avan – CSI observer reported that in 1/12 polling station there was no stamp on the polling box and the sticking papers on both sides were torn.

Correction – The above mentioned took place not in 1/12 but 1/14 polling station.

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19:50 – A citizen called CSI hot line and told that in 6/03 polling station someone signed in front of his relative Harutyun Gerasimeko’s name, although he is not in the country. When he informed the commission members about it, one of them said: “Not a big deal, we won’t count that vote”.

19:55 - 1/30, Nor Nork – the man who was suspected in accompanying in 1/30 polling station got a badge and presents himself as a Free Society Institute observer. Another accompanying person talked to him and sad before leaving: “Waiting for good news”.

19:48 - 1/31, Nor Nork – CSI observer reported from 1/31 polling station that the member of the commission was signing in election list without the voter.

19:30 - 1/06, Avan – In 1/06 polling station a voter came to vote, but someone had already signed in front of his name. Similar cases occurred in 1/11 polling station twice.

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19:20 - 1/08,Avan – The president of the commission noticed a ballot paper on the floor near the polling booth, which was not registered.

19:15 - 1/32, Nor Nork – The president of the commission regularly talks to the trustee of the Republican Party in private. The latter approaches the list, examines it and makes some calls. The representative of Armenian National Congress demanded to record this violation, after which the Republican Party trustee left the polling station.

18:35 - 1/11, Avan – One of the voters told our observer that someone has already signed in front of her name, so she didn’t vote. The commission member explained that maybe her sister had signed with an identity card. The voter left the polling station with her husband. The observer was told that the voter herself had signed hours ago.

18:20 - 1/06, Avan – CSI observer recorded that someone voted with the identity card of another person. An old woman voted on the behalf of a young woman, Stella Safaryan. The members of the commission did not pay attention on this, only our observer noticed this fact. To the remarks of the observer, the commission member answered that he simply did not notice. Any other step to record this violation or subject the woman to responsibility was not recorded.

18:30 - 1/05, Avan – CSI observer recorded that the voter came to vote, but someone had already signed in front of his name. The violation was not recorded in the register, the voter couldn’t vote, so he left the polling station.

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18:15 - 1/05, Avan - CSI observer reports that in 1/05 polling station the trustee of Republican Party accompanies people, walks with the lists, makes telephone calls, receives people and sees them off. 

Video link: [There is no violation at the end of the video, several people help the citizen to find his name on the list.]

17:55 - 1/31, Nor Nork – CSI observer reports that Prosperous Armenia Party representative does not have documents and does not show them if required. The trustee of Republican Party accompanies small groups of people.

17:30 - 1/16, Avan – CSI observer recorded that a person tried to sigh in front of a dead person’s name, but the violation was prevented immediately by the member of the commission.

17:22 - 1/12, Avan – In the polling station two persons approached to vote, but they continuously gave their turn to others. CSI observer asked why they give their turn to others, why they don’t simply vote and leave. One of them disappeared, the other one approached to vote, but his name was not in the list.

17:00 - 1/08, Avan – “Milena” taxi service continues bringing people to the polling station. The observer recorded a video, where the trustee of Republican Party gives something to the voters near the polling station. Video:

16:40 - 1/06, Avan – CSI observer took a video, where a man phoned the people registered in the list and ordered them to come and vote. 

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16:42 - 1/06, Avan – CSI observer reports that at 16:30 the voter came to vote, but there was already a signature in front of his name. The member of the commission told that he had confused the addresses and allowed another voter to sigh in front of other voter’s name.

16:35 - 1/23, Nor Nork – CSI observer reports that 2 entrusted persons of the Republican Party are at the polling station at the same time.

16:20 - 1/29, Nor Nork – Outside the polling station overcrowding were reported.

16:18 - 1/32, Nor Nork – CSI observer reports that one of the voters complained, that his brother hasn’t been living in their address for already twenty years. During the previous elections his name was not in the list, but now it is.

16:15 - 1/27, Nor Nork – The polling booth is arranged in a way that violates the law.

16:00 - 1/08, Avan – On the envelope of the voter the wrong seal was imprinted, then the envelope was replaced with new one, the same ballot paper was put in the new envelope. However, the envelope with the wrong seal was not dissolved. The president of the commission put the envelope on the table and neither dissolves it, nor allows to take photos.

15:47 - 1/21, Avan – Behind the polling booths is an open space, which is a violation of the law.

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15:30 - 1/04, Avan – CSI observer noticed that the cars of “Z” taxi service and № 5 buses constantly take voters to and from the polling stations.

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15:10 - 1/15, Avan – The man in brown coat in the photos accompanies the voters. The photos have been taken with some hours of difference.

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14:40 - 1/15, Avan – CSI observer reports that there was a citizen who came to the polling station for the second time. When the commission member noticed this and made the voter go out, the president of the commission interfered, claiming not to make problems. Besides, the president regularly talks with the trustee of Republican Party in private.

14:40 - 1/08, Avan – Taxi service “Milena” continues bringing people to the polling stations.

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14:20 - 1/16, Avan – Guiding of voters continue in the polling station. Except this, as CSI observer reports, some members of the commission accompany the voters into the next room and talk to them. They tell the observer they are relatives, which apparently do not correspond the reality.

14:05 - 1/15, Avan – The ballot paper and the envelope of the person, who tried to vote without a passport is still with the president of the commission. CSI observer demanded to dissolve the paper and report about the violation, but the president answered he isn’t going to dissolve the paper or note something about the violation. (previously reported: 13:30 - 1/15,Avan – CSI observer reported that in 1/15 polling station a young man has approached the polling booth with an envelope in his hand. When the commission member asked for his passport, he answered it was outside and then he ran away.)

13:55 - 1/24, Nor Nork – In 1/24 polling station the president of the commission didn’t allow the journalist of “Human Rights in Armenia” record a video.

13:45 -In the psychiatric hospital of Avan, people refusing to vote are required to write about it. But the law does not require written refusal.

13:30 - 1/15, Avan – CSI observer reported that in 1/15 polling station a young man has approached the polling booth with an envelope in his hand. When the commission member asked for his passport, he answered it was outside and then he ran away.

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13:28 - 1/15, Avan – CSI observer reported that the same person has voted several times. When the commission member noticed, he tried to prevent this. The voter left the polling station quickly.

13:30 - 1/11, Avan – At this moment, there is an overcrowding in the polling station. There are 20 persons in the station.

13:45 - 1/11, Avan – in the polling station, the trustee of Prosperous Armenia Party is distributing papers to people included in additional list.

13:53, 1/13, Avan – In the polling station an overcrowding has occurred – 30 people. The president of the commission told the observer that he does not have the right to solve this problem and that preventing overcrowdings is observer’s work and suggested that the observer himself should solve this problem.

13:37 - 1/17, Avan – At this moment overcrowding has stopped in 1/17 polling station.

13:30 - 1/17, Avan – As CSI observer reports, in 1/37 polling station the overcrowding hasn’t stopped since 12:39. The observer called the president’s attention on this problem for several times, but the latter does not do anything.

13:25 - 1/30, 1/31, Nor Nork – We receive multiple reports from CSI observers that the secrecy of the voting is violated. The polling booths of 1/30 and 1/31 polling stations are shown in the photos.

12:50 - 1/11, Avan – One of the voters told the CSI observer that a group of men outside the polling station distribute passports to the youth, by which they can vote. When the observer went out to check and record the violation, he noticed men distributing papers, but when they noticed the observer, they quickly left. Right after that, a man, named Boris approached the CSI observer and offered to go out and “to speak”.

12:45 - 1/16, Avan – CSI observer reports that the man in the photo has already accompanied 3 voters into the polling vote, followed them vote, then left with them. 

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12:30 - 1/09, Avan – CSI observer reports that the man, who early appeared in the polling station and whose name is supposedly Hovik, is coming for already the 4th time. The president of the commission called him Areg. The observer demanded explanations from the president. The latter told the man works at the school and wouldn’t come anymore. [Previously reported: 12:00 - 1/09, Avan – CSI observer reports that a man, named Hovik, at least 2 times ( last time nearly at 11:00) has accompanied the voters to the polling booth, followed that they voted and left with them. He didn’t have any document to prove that he is a trustee and his name was not in the list of register book, but to the question who he is, he answered he was entrusted person of Republican Party.]

12:00 - 1/11, Avan – CSI observer reports that around 12 o’clock 2 persons were in the polling station at the same time. Neither of them was registered as anaccompanying person.

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12:10 -1/35, Nor Nork – CSI observer reports that the entrusted person of the Republican Party before voting talks to the voters in whisper. Even after leaving the polling booth he goes out the polling station and talks to them.

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12:05 - 1/19, Avan – A woman, named Liana, accompanies voters into the polling booths. To the question of the CSI observer she answered she was entrusted person of the Republican Party. However she didn’t have neither a document of a trustee, nor was registered in the book. When the observer told the president of the commission that the presence of this woman in the polling station is illegal, the president explained that this woman works at the kindergarten (where the polling station is situated) and knows everything there and that “she is just helping”. After the observers remark, the woman left the polling station.

12:00 - 1/09, Avan – CSI observer reports that a man, named Hovik, at least 2 times ( last time nearly at 11:00) has accompanied the voters to the polling booth, followed that they voted and left with them. He didn’t have any document to prove that he is a trustee and his name was not in the list of register book, but to the question who he is, he answered he was entrusted person of Republican Party.

11:58 - 1/08, Avan – The president of the commission in this polling station is very aggressive, treats both voters and observers rudely and shouts at them. In the video shot by CSI observer it is showed how he goes at the journalist of “Asparez” daily newspaper. At this moment, the president has left the polling station, saying he goes to passport bureau.

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11:50 - 1/04, Avan – As the CSI observer reports, at 10:12 o’clock an old man tried to vote with a woman passport. The commission member registered him and gave the ballot paper and the envelope. Another member of the commission standing near the polling booth noticed this and told about the violation to the president of the commission. The president dissolved the paper. The voter explained that he didn’t notice that he took his wife’s passport with him. And the member of the commission who gave him the ballot paper explained that he concentrated only on the address and didn’t look at the photo.

11:45 - 1/24, Nor Nork – the problem of the location of the polling booth in the station is solved. (11:15 - 1/24, Nor Nork – CSI observer reports that electoral secrecy is not ensured in the polling station. There is a door and a window behind the polling booth and it is visible how the citizens vote. Our observer raised this question, but it is not solved yet.)

11:37 - 1/08, Avan – Both observers and voters complain about the president of the commission in this polling station. He treats them rudely and shouts at them.

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11:35 –it is very cold in many polling stations of the voting district 1 and the rooms don’t have any heating. It is interesting that 1/33 polling station doesn’t have heating, while 1/32 has.

11:15 - 1/08, Avan – There are constantly overcrowdings in the polling station. The observers have turned to the president of the commission for several times, but the later does nothing to solve the situation.

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11:00 - 1/29, Nor Nork – By 11:00 o’clock 82 voters has come to the election. The entrance of the polling station is completely frozen and no measures were undertaken to clean the road.

11:15 - 1/24, Nor Nork – CSI observer reports that electoral secrecy is not ensured in the polling station. There is a door and a window behind the polling booth and it is visible how the citizens vote. Our observer raised this question, but it is not solved yet.

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10:50 - 1/21, Avan – There is an overcrowding in the polling station.20 people are in the polling station at the same time.

10:25 - 1/23, Nor Nork – CSI observer reports that even after the reprimands of the president of the commission, the trustee of Republican Party does not wear his badge.

10:25 - 1/24, Nor Nork – CSI observer reports that since the opening of the polling station, the entrusted person of Republican Party has been very active and interfered our observer’s work. He has been asking addresses from voters, checking passports. When the flow of people stops, he says “go out and bring people”. He takes the president of the commission to another room and gives instructions on what should be done. There are no other observers in the polling station. CSI observer wanted to see the register book, but the trustee didn’t allow and started screaming.

10:15 - 1/20, Avan - CSI observer reports that was no sign on the door of Avan 1/20 polling station. The number (it is shown in the picture) was only attached after our observer's warning.

09:36 – CSI legal ambulance has seen the same person in different polling stations. At first he presented himself as voter, then as a trustee, but did not have a certificate. After warning the president of the commission about him, he was taken out.

08:00-09:40 – Avan – Near the poling stations 1/1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/12, 1/16 CSI legal ambulance noticed the cars of ''Z+'' and ''Milena'' taxi services that take the voters from ''Yes'' headquarters to different polling stations to vote.

9:11 - 1/24, Nor Nork – CSI observer reports, that there are no voters in the polling station. The entrusted person of the Republican Party is very active, he asks addresses from the voters, asserts that he has ''a document of another political power'', and says '' Go out and bring people''. There are no other observers in the polling station. CSI observer wanted to see the register book, but the trustee of Republican Party prevented and started screaming.

08:00 – 1/4 Avan - CSI observer was allowed in. He demanded to record in the commission register book the fact that he was prevented to enter. The commission president allowed to record the violation, but the secretary refuses.

07:30 – 1/4 Avan – They didn't allow the CSI observer to enter the polling station 1/04,saying he does not have right to take part in the session of the commission. He was only allowed to enter at 08:00, when the polling station opened.

07:30 - 1/29, Nor Nork – The polling station is on the second floor of a kindergarten and is not convenient for people with disabilities.

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