Vote 2012: CEC say ANC claim against ruling party unfounded

Vote 2012: CEC say ANC claim against ruling party unfounded

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The Central Election Commission (CEC) declined the appeal of the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) campaign headquarters, claiming that the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) had founded its headquarters throughout the country having prematurely launched the campaign.

“The signboards of the RPA include appeals to vote for their party, namely the campaign slogan. Grounding my objection by the Electoral Code provisions I insist on making the RPA stop their activities violating the Electoral Code and do that within the time limits defined by the law. Otherwise, part 2 of article 18 obliges the CEC to turn to the court with a proper claim and revoke their party list,” reads the appeal by ANC campaign manager Levon Zurabyan.

CEC Chairman Tigran Mukuchyan says the criteria defined in the Electoral Code dictate that the signboards should not be bigger than six square meters, the message on it should not contain an open appeal to vote either for or against. According to Mukuchyan, the RPA slogan cannot be viewed as campaigning, as Zurabyan claims.

The ANC campaign manager can appeal the CEC decision at the Administrative Court within three days.
Political analyst Yervand Bozoyan says that regardless of the provisions of the law, all parties have started campaigning prematurely; the election campaign officially starts on April 8.

“In this respect the RPA is more privileged, because it is the ruling party and can use all of its power levers for its own purposes,” Bozoyan says.

Eight parties and one bloc are contesting the May 6 parliamentary elections by the proportional system of representation.