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Ex-foreign minister of NKR, candidate for president of Armenia Arman Melikyan will appeal to the Constitutional Court of Armenia over voter fraud in the course of the February 18 presidential election. The candidate told media on February 20 he expects little from that process.
"The key election rigger is the Central Electoral Commission of Armenia. I personally followed the vote calculation process broadcasted by Shant TV where my vote percentage was higher than by data of the CEC. The same happened to the votes of other candidates," Melikyan said. As regards the rally by candidate Raffi Hovannisian, Melikyan said that he would not join him, because Hovannisian also participated in that "comedy". Melikyan is sure that the first president of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan has also legitimized the fake election by participating in it, though he pained a cucumber on his ballot.
To note, by preliminary results of the election, the incumbent President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan obtained 58.64% (861,160 votes), the leader of Heritage Party Raffi Hovannisian - 36.75% (539,672), Hrant Bagratyan - 2.15%, Paruyr Hayrikyan - 1.23%, Andreas Ghukasyan - 0.57%, Vardan Sedrakyan - 0.42%, Arman Melikyan - 0.24%. The CIS and European observers gave generally positive assessment of the presidential election, calling it democratic and legitimate despite some insignificant violations.