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2018 December 10

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption Dec/10/2018: Post-election results, who made it, reports, complaints, monitoring group observations.
by ar_david_hh

All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.

Informed Citizens organization says due to the way the Parliament is formed according to law, the next one will have 131 seats instead of 101. QP 88, BHK 25, Bright Armenia 19 (other sources say 18). This has not been officially confirmed yet. https://factor.am/106998.html ------- http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/150334

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Each party that won over 3% of the votes will receive state funding, calculated by their earned %-s, for the next 5 years. On 2019, HHK will get 4.9mln while QP 72.9mln.

http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/263360/

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When a new Parliament is elected, MPs do not vote for the Prime Minister. Instead, the president appoints the winning party's candidate as a PM. The new PM then has 2 weeks to form the government cabinet (ministers e.t.c.). https://factor.am/107268.html

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Electoral Committee gives 1 day for parties to submit petitions for recounts for the Parliamentary election results. The final results will be published next Sunday. http://armtimes.com/hy/article/150300

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HHK and ARF have essentially accepted their defeat by declaring for continuation of their work outside of Parliament.

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HHK's Eduard "de'Saint" Shawarmazanov declares the beginning of "Reject Nikol" (Merjir Nikolin) movement. http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/263345/

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Few months earlier, Nikol Pashinyan's government proposed changes that would lower the vote threshold to 4% to qualify for Parliament seats, and a minimum of 4 parties instead of current 4. HHK used its majority to reject the bill twice. http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/263305/

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Election Committee chief has contacted BHK Naira Zohrabyan to ask for more information about her claim that she has sources according to which Syunik governor was asking people to vote for QP. The governor denied the rumors, saying he was in a different location at the time of the alleged incident. Zohrabyan has refused to file an official complaint or to provide more info. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957634.html ------ https://news.am/arm/news/485617.html

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BHK's Tigran Urikhanyan has 15 missing votes from one of the precincts, according to a complaint. An election precinct counted 15 votes and certified it, but an incorrect number was entered in the main database. He says other similar results were detected. They are now comparing the certified numbers from multiple precincts with the computer data to make sure they match. https://hetq.am/hy/article/99131

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HHK's Armen Karamyan publishes his ballot, which is punishable by up to 200k in penalty. https://factor.am/107306.html

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An employee of a food company went to the police and testified against the director of the company, who allegedly required that they vote for a certain politician. The employee refused on two occasions, and was later fired for that. The police has launched an investigation.

In another incident yesterday, an office worker of a political party was arrested for an attempted bribery. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957703.html

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PM Pashinyan says there will be no targeted persecution of opposition, but anyone caught distributing bribes will be arrested, and "that applies to high ranking officials as well". https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957703.html

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Overall election results: QP 70.5%, BHK 8.3%, Bright 6.4%, HHK, 4.7%, ARF 3.9%.

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Yerevan had a 48% turnout. Here are the results: QP 72%, Bright 7.5%, HHK 6.4%, BHK 4.7%, ARF 2.1%. In other words, HHK would replace BHK in Parliament if only Yerevan voted. Interesting! http://armtimes.com/hy/article/150309

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In the 2nd district of Yerevan, HHK received 8% of the votes, chewing away % from ARF and BHK. The latter received 4.2% of the votes. http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/150326

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3rd district of Yerevan (Malatia , Shengavit): QP 77%, Bright 7.4%, HHK 4.4%, BHK 3.2%, ARF 1.5% http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/150331

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4th district of Yerevan (includes Center): QP 71%, Bright 7.5%, HHK 6.4%, BHK 5.6%, ARF 2.2% http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/150332

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Yerevan mayor Hayk Marutyan says the city plans to sign a contract with a different stray dog catching company. He says out of 461 calls on the hot-line last week, 61 were complaints about dogs.

Note: The director of the current company tasked with the issue was charged with embezzlement few months earlier. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957672.html

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Russia-led CIS monitoring group certifies the elections as valid and transparent https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957646.html

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EU monitoring commission says the elections were fair and all parties were given equal rights during the campaigns https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957683.html

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OSCE says the elections were valid and free from mass vote buying and "busing-ins". Labels it as the best in Armenia's history. They recommended campaign finance reforms to create a more equal playing field for poorer parties https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957663.html ----- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXP_VLw7XGw

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EU's PACE says the elections were transparent and met the standards. Recommends making the rules easier for the voters. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957689.html

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Transparency International and EPDE anti-corruption monitoring groups say the elections were fair and all parties had equal rights. A significant improvement was recorded around the use of state resources, bribery, pressure on voters. The only area with significant problems was that 48% of voting stations did not have entrance ramps for wheelchairs, which caused difficulties for people with disabilities. Small number of instances when someone signed for a deceased person. https://hetq.am/hy/article/99143

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ODIHR monitoring group says the elections were fair and without persecutions. Although the speeches had highly partisan language, they did not cross the legal boundaries. https://factor.am/107150.html

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Turkish (of Armenian descent) MP Garo Paylan congratulates "his friend" Nikol Pashinyan with the victory https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957667.html

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HHK has congratulated the winning parties and vows to continue its work around Artsakh and the army. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957671.html

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Menq party congratulates Armenians with the elections. Says for the first time, criminal elements had no inflience on the voters https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957697.html

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QP's Sasun Mikaelyan won the most votes for his party through the rating system. For BHK it was Gagik's bodyguard. Bright Armenia was led by Edmon Marukyan. HHK led by Vigen Sargsyan. Your boy Shawarmazanov got 1663 votes, while Arpine Hovhanesyan only 169. HHK Shushan Petrosyan (famous singer) received 117 votes.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957632.html --- https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957637.html ---- http://armtimes.com/hy/article/150292

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Bright Armenia party will not form a coalition with QP, will become an opposition. They are viewed as a friendly party to QP, and the leader Marukyan used to be a member of a coalition formed between him and Pashinyan. Marukyan says his party has been part of the government in the past 6 months (Pashinyan appointed Ministers from various parties including Bright Armenia), but they've always raised concerns whenever necessary. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/957665.html

Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/a4zfop/anticorruption_dec102018_postelection_results_who/

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