Today, on September 23, at 13:00, the General Prosecutor’s Office has examined 123 cases of alleged electoral violations in the framework of the Yerevan City Council’s extraordinary elections.
Shushanik Israelyan, Deputy Chief of the Department for Supervision over the Legality of the Pre-Trial Criminal Proceedings of the Prosecutor General’s Office, Second Class Adviser, announced this at the Central Election Commission Information Center.
“The Prosecutor General’s Office has examined 29 publications with obvious information on election violations and 4 entries in social networks. There were also 89 cases of citizens’ applications to the RA Police, reporting and whistleblowing. In one case administrative proceedings were instituted,” she said.
According to her, they contained abstract and general information on the alleged electoral offense, and 106 were checked by the RA Police to carry out check-ups. In 13 cases, materials are being prepared in the manner prescribed by Articles 180-181 of the RA Criminal Procedure Code, and a criminal case has been initiated in 4 cases, with all the exceptional characteristics of giving (offering) or giving electoral bribes.
The preliminary investigation of the criminal cases was assigned to the RA Special Investigation Service.
“26 of these crimes are related to obstructing the free exercise of citizens’ right to vote, 23 to giving electoral bribery, 4 to compel campaign, 55 to violate the electoral lists, 2 to double voting, 7 to violating the secrecy of the ballot, 1 for hindering the journalist’s activities, and 5 to other offences,” Shushanik Israelyan mentioned.
Additionally, on August 29, the Yerevan Prosecutor’s Office has a Hot Line 511603 to increase the effectiveness of the work, to receive information on electoral violations, as well as to respond to urgent issues raised by the subjects involved in the electoral process. It will operate 24 hours a day.