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78 Reports, Two Criminal Cases; Brief Data on Reports Received on National Assembly Snap Elections Day and during Campaign

11.12.2018 11:28

As of 11:00, December 11, 78 reports on electoral breaches recorded during snap elections of National Assembly with apparent crime elements envisaged by RA Criminal Code were received in territorial subdivisions of the RA Investigative Committee.

9 of the reports are in Yerevan, 5 – in Syunik, 12 – in Shirak, 4 – in Aragatsotn, 9 – in Ararat, 9 – in Gegharkunik, 2 – in Armavir, 2 – in Lori, 1 – in Tavush and 1 – in Vayots Dzor provinces. 24 - in General Military Investigative Department.

 

71 of the materials with apparent electoral breaches relate to double voting attempt, 4 – to breaching confidentiality of ballot, 1 – to hindering to exercise the voter’s free will, 1 – to electoral bribe, 1 - to hindering to implement electoral right.

Initiation of criminal cases within 4 materials out of 5 prepared on double voting attempt in Syunik Regional Investigative Department was rejected based on absence of crime.

A criminal case was initiated in Armavir Regional Investigative Department on hindering to exercise the voter’s free will. Particularly, on December 9 the resident of Armavir gave explanation in RA IC Armavir Regional Investigative Department that she worked in one of the catering facilities located in her residence place and got instruction from her director to vote for one of the candidates during parliamentary elections to be held on December 9, 2018. Then the director learnt that she had not voted for the mentioned candidate and, pursuant to the citizen’s explanation, dismissed her from work. A criminal case was initiated in Armavir Regional Investigative Department of the RA Investigative Committee according to the Part 3 of the Article 154.2 of RA Criminal Code. The criminal case was sent to RA Special Investigatory Service for preliminary investigation.  

Currently, preparation of materials based on the other 73 reports received on election day is ongoing.

At the period preceding the voting day of snap elections 6 reports on apparent breaches were received in the Investigative Committee. One of the materials prepared on one of the mentioned reports was sent to RA Special Investigatory Service, a criminal case was initiated based on one of the reports. Particularly, on December 5, 2018 the resident of Gugark village of Lori province gave explanation in Lori Regional Investigative Department that on December 3 a young boy and a girl went to their house yard and offered her electoral bribe in the form of food. A criminal case was initiated in Lori Regional Investigative Department according to the Part 2 of the Article 154.2 of RA Criminal Code.  The criminal case was sent to RA Special Investigatory Service for preliminary investigation.

 

Necessary procedural actions are conducted in RA IC territorial subdivisions to verify the circumstances mentioned in the reports.


Additional information about the results will be provided.

Note; Everyone charged with alleged crime offence shall be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law.

 


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