ARMENIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE’S HEADQUARTERS CALL FOR RECOUNTING OF VOTES
Feb. 23, 2008
Yerevan, 23 February: The campaign headquarters of Artur Baghdasaryan,
the presidential candidate [from the OrinatsYerkir (Law-Governed
Country) Party], have urged the Central Electoral Commission [CEC]
to "take immediate measuresand instruct local [election] commissions
to restore the real picture of the [19 February] election with a
properrecount of votes".
"Otherwise, the legitimacy of the election will be seriously
questioned, which may lead to a publicconfrontation and seriously harm
Armenia’s international reputation," Baghdasaryan’s headquarters say
in a statement forwarded to Mediamax news agency today.
"The CEC’s indifference has resulted in the last opportunity to
restore justice – a responsible stage indisputing the results of
the election – being accompanied by illegal actions of individual
electoral commissions," the statement says.
The headquarters say that at some poling stations the commissions
refused to accept applications from ArturBaghdasaryan’s proxies who
demanded a recount of votes. As for the applications accepted, in
these cases, accordingto the candidate’s headquarters, artificial
obstacles were created to the recounting of votes by obstructing
aquorum at sessions of local [electoral] commissions.