Armenian police examines over 70 electoral violation cases
According to the information received regarding the violations during presidential elections in Armenia, 75 cases are currently under discussion, Armenian Report said with reference to the press service of the Armenian police.
Of these, 16 are related to distribution of electoral bribes, 25 - multiple voting cases, 13 - preventing citizens from exercising their electoral rights, 5 - threats and dispute in the polling station, 2 - obstructing execution of powers of members of the Election Committee and observers, 4 - violation of the secrecy of voting, 5 - falsification of elections or voting results, and 5 other violations (inaccuracies in the voter list and in the work of members of the commission).
Of these 75 cases, in 41 cases information was received from the public, through the media or by phone, 29 - from Raffi Hovannisian's election headquarters, 5 - from the office of the Ombudsman. Based on the information received, investigations and preparation of materials are underway. The decision to dismiss criminal cases was made regarding 38 cases, 4 cases are transferred to the Special Investigation Service, 1 criminal case for electoral violations is initiated by the police investigation division of Erebuni.
Presidential elections were held in Armenia on Feb.18. Incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan won the presidential elections with 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.