CEC Condemns Violence

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At its regular meeting Tuesday the Central Electoral Commission issued a statement in light of the events that took place on July 11 during the election of the head of Yerevan’s Ajapniak borough.

The CEC condemned such violence and "hopes that the law-enforcement agencies will reveal the violators and criminals and do all in their power to restore the people’s confidence and prevent similar events from recurring."

At the meeting CEC Secretary Armenuhi Zohrabian reported the preliminary results of the elections held on June 10.

According to the preliminary results Hamlet Sardarian–who was previously vice-mayor–was elected mayor of the town of Spitak. He received 2,610 votes. The other candidate–Volodya Buniatian–received 1,914 votes.

Seven candidates were running for the local government body during the by-elections in election district No. 56 in the Kotayk region. Most of the votes were cast for Aram Haroutiunian (9,068). Aghasi Simonian–the runner-up–received 7,522 votes.

During the by-elections in election district No. 63 in the Shirak region six candidates were running for the local government body. Most of the votes were cast for Samvel Balasanian (5,784). Marzpetuni Margarian–the runner-up–received 5,408 votes.

The CEC decided to revoke the decision of the Gegharkunik regional election committee of June 12 on electing Koriun Mherian (ANM) chairman of the regional election committee.

The government replaced three election committee representatives–and the Unity bloc and Shamiram party replaced one representative each.

The CEC revoked the regional election committee’s decision on electing a new chairman–the committee violated the Electoral Law. The committee will call a special meeting to elect its chairman within the next two days. Elections of the heads of the Nerkin Getashen and Geghamabak communities will be held this Sunday.

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