Election bribes handed out in Armenian city

Armenia Materials 18 February 2013 17:16 (UTC +04:00)

According to information received from the city of Gavar, election bribes were given in city hall on Sunday for the benefit of presidential candidate Serzh Sargsyan, Armenian Report says.

The amount in question was 5,000 Drams. Moreover, residents who visited city hall and knew about the situation say that a huge queue was built for obtaining electoral bribes.

Members of the Council of Elders and employees of Gavar mayor Gurgen Martirosyan went from house to house offering bribes of 5,000 drams in Gavar's Atsarat quarter in the evening.

The sixth Armenian presidential election is being held today, Feb 18, from 08:00 to 20:00 local time. The head of state is elected for five years.

Those running for the presidency are the incumbent president and ruling Republican Party leader Serzh Sargsyan, former Prime Minister Grant Bagratyan, chairman of the Heritage Party Raffi Hovhannisyan, Paruyr Hayrikyan, Arman Melikyan, Andrias Ghukasyan and Vardan Setrakyan..

The official exchange rate is 1000 AMD/2.46 USD on February 18.