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The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of Armenia has refuted the statement by Raffi Hovannisian's Campaign Headquarters.
To recall, in compliance with Article 48 of the Election Code of the Republic of Armenia, candidate for president of Armenia Raffi Hovannisian appealed to the CEC on Feb 19 with a demand to recognize the voting outcome at several dozens of polling stations invalid. Hovannisian's Campaign Headquarters reported that without informing anyone, recalculation of votes at some polling stations was launched at 11:00am local time today. Condemning this gross violation of the
law, Raffi Hovannisian officially demands termination of the vote recalculation at all the polling stations launched on the basis of his statement and restart it only after notification and arrival of the candidate's agents, media and observers.
The CEC reports that the territorial election commissions No.2, 3 and 5 received 4 appeals for recalculation of votes and 47 appeals for recognition of the voting outcome invalid at 10 polling stations. At present only two commissions - No.2 and 3 - are recalculating the votes in the presence of Hovannisian's agents. 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.