Hovanessian’s Candidacy Decision Postponed

YEREVAN (Yerevan News Service)–A decision by Armenia’s Central Electoral Commission on the National Assembly candidacy of Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council member Vahan Hovanessian has been postponed according to a CEC spokesperson.

Tuesday marked the deadline for the CEC to approve–or reject–the candidacy of Hovanessian who is running for a vacant National Assembly seat in Armavir’s eighth electoral district.

At the same time–an appeal to Armenia’s justice department for freeing Hovanessian to run his election campaign was rejected Wednesday–since according to the ministry Hovanessian is the main defendant in the so-called "Trial of 31" case.

CEC secretary Armenouhi Zohrabian told the Yerevan news agency that Hovanessian’s candidacy would be discussed during a CEC session and a response would be presented no later than April 23.

Zohrabian refused to discuss the justice ministry decision on the matter–stating that the decision–communicated to the CEC on April 4–was not for press consumption and urged the reporter to await CEC’s official decision.

"If our decision does not satisfy [you]–then there is a three-day period during which the matter may be appealed to Armenia’s Supreme Court," Zohrabian stated.

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