Constitutional Court leaves election results intact

Last week saw what can be considered a final end of the post-electoral process. The Constitutional Court read out it’s ruling concerning four opposition parties’ suit questioning the May 12th parliamentary elections’ results. As was expected, the Court did not overrule the electoral commission’s results, stating that violations which had taken place did not affect the end result of the vote.

The Constitutional Court process was the last legal opportunity to declare the elections’ results invalid, and with the oppositions’ meetings gathering fewer people by the week, the parliamentary elections can be considered a closed chapter.

In a separate story last week, the winning majoritarian candidate in one of the constituencies unexpectedly declined his mandate. When contacted by reporters Republican Khachik Manukyan denied any knowledge of the incident. Afterwards, however, he declared that he had decided to stand back, after widespread allegations of violations and fraud concerning his election to parliament.  A rerun of the majoritarian vote in that constituency is scheduled for August 26th.

The opposition was quick to react to this incident, claiming that all Republican candidates are made to sign such applications before the elections and hand them over to the party leadership, which in turn can exercise them after the vote, if necessary.

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