The Observations of the Citizen Observer Initiative by 12.00pm

 

The Observations of the Citizen Observer Initiative by 12.00pm

 

The 2018 YME are being monitored analysedon the basis of the information posted on the websites of the most active mass media selected by the COI analytical team, as well as the statements of the public institutions and their representatives, the political forces participating in the elections, the websites and social networks of the observation organisations, as well as the social network profiles of politicians and other public figures.

The websites of the monitored mass media outlets are:

 

  1. armtimes.am
  2. azatutyun.am
  3. a1+.am
  4. shantnews.am
  5. 1in.am  
  6. para.tv  
  7. factor.am
  8. aravot.am
  9. hetq.am
  10. tert.am
  11. armeenpress.am

 

The websites of the monitored public instutitions are:

 

  1. elections.am
  2. police.am
  3. http://www.prosecutor.am/
  4. http://www.ccc.am/

 

The websites of the monitored observation organisations are:

 

  1. transparency.am
  2. hcav.am
  3. uicarmenia.org
  4. favl.am
  5. asparez.am

 

Observation Missions and the Mass Media

 

The 2018 YME are being monitored by 1 international organisation and 8 domestic organisations (662 observers in total). The number of accredited domestic media outlets is 44 and the international – 5.

The NGOs monitoring the 2018 YME are the Foundation against Violations of Law, Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center, Journalists’ Club ‘Asparez,’ Union of Informed Citizens, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly of Vanadzor, Leading Group of Social Studies, the Helsinki Committee of Armenia, the Choice is Yours.

 

Voter Lists

 

According to the official police data, the number of voters in the initial voter lists was 840 124, while the number of voters in the final voter lists was 848 343. Of these 7741 are not Armenian nationals. There were 30 voters with 15 coincidences of personal data in the lists.

 

Preparation to Vote

 

According to the Central Electoral Commission (hereinafter: also the CEC), 475 polling stations were opened for the snap 2018 YME. Only 31 out of the 4722 commission members failed to attend the elections to perform their duties. The former were duly replaced and the electoral process is proceeding normally.

 

Problems with VADs

 

According to the CEC, 475 polling stations are operational in Yerevan. The number of VADs in them is 1380. There were some VAD-related problems by 08.00am, which, however, were resolved on the spot.

Only in 3 polling stations out of 475 the red lights went on due to some technical problems.

 

Voter Turn-Out by 11.00am

 

Of the 848 343 voters only 79 686 (9.39% of all voters) had voted by 11.00am.

 

Administrative District

Number of Voters

Turn-Out

%

1

Ajapnyak

85.192

7796

9.15

2

Avan

39.994

4377

10.94

3

Arabkir

97.932

8041

8.21

4

Davtashen

32.741

3444

10.52

5

Erebuni

96.069

8747

9.3

6

Kentron

96.476

7026

7.28

7

Malatia-Sebastia

108.804

10.635

9.77

8

Nor-Nork

101.124

10.187

10.7

9

Nork-Marash

10.868

1702

9.86

10

Nubarashen

8.301

954

11.49

11

Shengavit

113.850

11.328

10.83

12

Qanaker-Zeytun

58.992

5.078

8.61

 

Total

848.343

79.686

9.39

 

Reports of Electoral Violations

 

According to the observation mission ‘Eyewitness’, 70 violations and 3 incidents were recorded at the stage of preparation to vote.

According to the observation mission ‘Independent Observer’ alliance, by 11.15 there had been reports about 4 electoral violations.

Raffi Hovhannisyan, the mayoral candidate from ‘Heritage’ party, reported that he had received reports of vote-buying from anonymous sources, which wereduly transferred to the law enforcement bodies.

 

The Response of Public Institutions to Violations

 

According to the Police, there are criminal cases instituted on the facts of vote-buying.

The Citizen Observer Initiative was established in 2013 with a view to overseeing the national and local elections and referenda, as well as the comformity thereof with the domestic legislation and the international democratic standards. The website of the Citizen Observer Initiative is https://www.citizenobserver.am/. In the course of the observation of the snap 2018 Yerevan Municipality Elections the Citizen Observer Initiative will be composed of the human rights organisations Europe in Law Association and Helsinki Association for Human Rights.