Former Armenian presidential candidate files lawsuit against CEC
On February 27, former candidate for Armenian president and leader of Heritage Party Raffi Hovhannisyan has filed a lawsuit to the Administrative Court of Armenia, which appeals the inaction of the Central Election Commission, News.am said.
The leader of the Heritage Party demands the annulment of the CEC decision as of February 25, and obliging the CEC to include the market value and cost of maintaining more than 1600 election headquarters and manufacturing of posters in the campaign expenditure of presidential candidate Serzh Sargsyan..
Judge Karen Avetisyan will consider the case in the Administrative Court and the day of the trial has not yet been decided.
On February 25 Hovannisian submitted a statement demanding the invalidation of the registration of incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan's candidacy at the presidential elections on February 18. He explained the claim with the fact that Sargsyan's declaration of election expenses did not include the money spent on renting over a 1000 campaign headquarters and production of posters. According to the claimants, these costs exceed the amount prescribed by law that 'may be grounds for invalidation'. The CEC unanimously rejected this claim.
Raffi Hovannisian does not recognise the election results. He has been holding rallies in Yerevan and regions of Armenia from February 20.
Presidential elections were held in Armenia on Feb.18. Incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan won the presidential elections winning 58.64 per cent of the vote. The First Foreign Minister of Armenia Raffi Hovannisian ranked second winning 36.75 per cent, while former Prime Minister Hrant Bagratyan ranked third after receiving 2.15 per cent of the vote.