Armenian Constitutional Court begins considering former presidential candidates’ claims
The Armenian Constitutional Court has begun considering the claims of former presidential candidates Raffi Hovannisian and Andrias Ghukasyan to annul the presidential election results of February 18, published by the CEC on February 25, News-Armenia reported today. Both suits are being considered together.
Raffi Hovhannisyan's interests are being represented by MP Zaruhi Postanjyan and lawyer of the Heritage faction Karen Mejlumyan. Andrias Ghukasyan defends his interests in the court himself.
President Sargsyan's interests are being represented by Minister of Justice Hrayr Tovmasyan and head of the Parliamentary Committee on State and Legal Affairs David Harutyunyan.
Defendants are CEC Chairman Tigran Mukuchyan and head of the legal department of the Central Election Commission Nune Hovhannisyan.
Leader of Heritage opposition party Raffi Hovhannisyan and political analyst Andrias Ghukasyan, who gained 0.57 per cent of the votes in the elections, appealed to the Constitutional Court on March 4.
According to CEC official data published on February 25, incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan won the first round held on the February 18 by collecting 58.64 per cent of the votes.
Leader of the Heritage Party Raffi Hovannisian ranked second with 36.74 per cent of votes and did not recognise the election results and announced the "revolution of greetings".