“Armenia” alliance

The “Armenia” (Hayastan) alliance was founded in 2021 to participate in the snap parliamentary elections.

The alliance was created by Robert Kocharyan, the "Armenian Revolutionary Federation" and the "Reviving Armenia" parties. The electoral list is headed by Robert Kocharyan.

"Armenia" alliance mediates that Constitutional Court judge Vahe Grigoryan does not participate in the examination of their application

"Armenia" alliance mediates that Constitutional Court judge Vahe Grigoryan does not participate in the examination of their application

hetq.am: The "Armenia" alliance has applied to the Constitutional Court with a demand to invalidate the decision of the Central Electoral Commission of June 27, 2021, the official representative of the central headquarters of the alliance Aram Vardevanyan stated about this at the briefing today, adding that they dispute the constitutionality and legality of the decision on the election results, as well as the factual data underlying the decision. According to him, the Constitutional Court will examine their application in terms of quantitative violations, that is problems on the voting day, as well as in terms of quality, which, according to Vardevanyan, refers to the group of problems arising from May 10. The application submitted to the Constitutional Court consists of 12 points. Aram Vardevanyan said that they presented a number of evidence of election violations, as well as their analysis of the results of 109 polling stations, which refers to 88 thousand votes, of which 4 thousand had signatures in the lists published at the polling station, as the "Armenia" alliance has registered.  According to Vardevanyan, the "Armenia" alliance has also submitted a letter-motion along with the application on the impossibility of the Constitutional Court judge Vahe Grigoryan's participation in the examination of the application, because according to Aram Vardevanyan, Vahe Grigoryan, as a judicial opponent, has filed a specific case against Robert Kocharyan and Seyran Ohanyan.
16:17 - 02 July,2021
The director of the Goris Cultural Center forced the employees to take part in the "Armenia" alliance's campaign

The director of the Goris Cultural Center forced the employees to take part in the "Armenia" alliance's campaign

The RA Investigative Committee has completed the preliminary investigation of the criminal case initiated in connection with the incident that the director of the "Gusan Ashot" cultural center in Goris has forced the center's employees to participate in the "Armenia" alliance's pre-election campaign, the RA Investigative Committee reports.  "The comprehensive investigation carried out in the Goris Investigation Division of the RA Investigation Committee's Syunik Department revealed and substantiated that on June 7, 2021, the director of the "Gusan Ashot" Cultural Center under the supervision of Goris municipality invited the staff of the same organization to a meeting, during which he announced about the visit of members of the "Armenia" alliance to Goris and, using his official position and the official dependence of the employees, forced the librarian and other employees to participate in the pre-election campaign organized by the alliance in the community. Then, on June 15, 2021, at around 12 o'clock, the director of the cultural center met with the librarian in front of the museum of the same organization and threatened to fire him after learning that he was going to take part in the pre-election rally of the "Civil Contract" party.  The preliminary investigation is over and the criminal case is sent to the prosecutor supervising the trial with the motion to send the indictment to the court for confirmation. Notification:A person suspected or accused of an alleged crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in accordance with the procedure established by the RA Criminal Procedure Code by a court judgment that has entered into force.  
13:03 - 02 July,2021
Doctors held a protest in front of the SIS in defense of Armen Charchyan

Doctors held a protest in front of the SIS in defense of Armen Charchyan

armenpress.am: Doctors in white coats held a protest action in front of the Special Investigation Service in defense of the director of "Izmirlian" Medical Center, doctor Armen Charchyan, included in the list of the "Armenia" alliance, against whom the court made a decision on arresting. One of the doctors said that almost all of those gathered had taken part in the 44-day Artsakh war; he and one of his colleagues had been in the trench from the very first day. "We hid our profession and went to the battlefield as volunteers. We fought the minesweeper on our shoulders against the enemy, and two days later we learned that we were needed, we went down to a hiding place, where we provided assistance. Our one request is the following: to be given an opportunity to work calmly and continue to carry out our mission," said traumatologist Samvel Sahakyan. The doctor gave a positive answer to the observation of whether Charchyan's detention affects their work. The doctors came up with an open letter again, this time the addressee was the head of the SIS Sasun Khachatryan. Armen Charchyan is currently in hospital, and on June 27 his condition worsened. "As far as I know, coronary angiography was performed. Hyperglycaemia does not stand on normal numbers, blood pressure does not normalize. No matter how much Charchyan thinks that all this is not happening to him, the human body has its laws, no one can do anything against those laws," said the traumatologist. Earlier, 539 doctors sent an open letter to the authorities and the public to lift the detention of Armen Charchyan. It should be reminded that Charchyan is accused of forcing people to participate in the snap parliamentary elections.
19:47 - 28 June,2021
For military servicemen, the military ID card has been considered an identity document since 1999

For military servicemen, the military ID card has been considered an identity document since 1999

Yesterday the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission Tigran Mukuchyan summarized the final results of the June 20 special parliamentary elections. Mukuchyan said that four applications were submitted to invalidate the results of the CEC elections, one of which was in violation of the established deadlines. One of the applications was submitted by the "Armenia" alliance. After reading the justifications of the application, the representative of the central headquarters of the alliance Aram Vardevanyan mentioned that he wanted to draw special attention to several points of the application. One of those points was that the servicemen voted with military booklets. "It is not accidental that people participate in the elections with a passport or an identification card equal to a passport. If this does not imply any importance, I think, for example, in the case of people over the age of 18 who study in educational institutions, it might be a student certificate or a driver's license. No, the electoral legislation provides for a passport or identification card, which, according to the legislation, is equivalent to a passport. Of course, I am not the first to present this to a professional commission, but the public should know that passports serve as a mechanism for verification, electoral fraud, and prevention of electoral violations, both in cases of double voting in polling stations and in general. But we have a situation where, for example, servicemen vote with a military card, which is neither a passport nor an identification card, it does not have the protective means typical of a passport or identification card," Vardevanyan stated. The CEC chairman reversed Aram Vardevanyan, saying that the servicemen have always voted with military booklets. "The Electoral Code defines three types of identity documents for citizens: passport, identification card, and biometric passport. The servicemen have always voted with military booklets, because none of the three mentioned documents, which are not directly available to them, they cannot use it. It is an identity document for this category of people, there is no problem here," Mukuchyan said. Article 66 of the Electoral Code refers to the regulations on verifying the identity of voters and voter registration. The first point of the article says, "Identity card for a voter is an identification card, biometric passport, non-biometric passport, temporary document replacing a passport or identification card issued by an authorized body, a voter identification document in a penitentiary institution, and for servicemen a military certificate or military book if they are registered (vote) in the list of voters compiled by the military unit." Thus, Tigran Mukuchyan is right, because the Electoral Code allows servicemen to take part in the voting with a military card or a certificate. As for Aram Vardevanyan's assertions, although he does not directly say that the participation of soldiers in voting with military IDs is a violation of the law, but notes that military IDs do not have the protection of a passport or ID card, which he considers problematic. During a conversation with reporters after the CEC session, Verdevanyan reiterated that voting with military booklets contains risks."Voting with the military booklet, it seems to be the position of the CEC. It's like "what else can we do, they can't vote with a passport." The law states the following: the general rule - passport, identification card, or biometric passport, the voting is conducted in these three ways. Many people also have a passport problem  One person, for example, lost his passport. Could he, for example, use a driver's license to vote. No, he could not. Do you know why the opportunity to vote with a passport is intended to be a verification mechanism? Do you imagine the mechanisms of falsification of a military booklet, how many can they be, can you imagine what abuses can take place?" stated Vardevanyan. During the elections, the military card for soldiers was considered an identity document since 1999. Paragraph 3 of Article 55 of the Electoral Code (invalid) adopted in 1999 states, "The identity document is the passport, the document replacing the passport, for military officers - non-commissioned officers - the military certificate, and for other servicemen - the military card." This Code was in force until 2011, when no changes were made to Article 5, Clause 3 during the elections, regarding the military ID card being considered an identity document. In fact, according to the Electoral Code adopted during the presidency of Robert Kocharyan, who heads the pre-election list of the "Armenia" alliance, and which was in force until the end of his presidency, the military book and the certificate were considered as identification documents for the servicemen.   Anna Sahakyan
13:18 - 28 June,2021
Aram Vardevanyan on the violations registered by the "Armenia" alliance

Aram Vardevanyan on the violations registered by the "Armenia" alliance

During the special sitting of the RA Central Electoral Commission, the official representative of the central headquarters of the "Armenia" alliance Aram Vardevanyan stated that the application that the alliance had submitted to the CEC was different as they had tried to present the issue not in the logic of the voting day itself, but in the whole chain of the electoral process. "We think that the revelation of the whole chain in this election is of key importance, to see what kind of problems, violations, including systemic violations, have taken place," he said. According to Vardevanyan, they were dealing with a situation when a person holding the highest position in terms of constitutional regulations resigns from that position but continues to stay in office, including during the snap parliamentary elections. "For the first time in the whole period of the electoral process in Armenia the circumstance of abuse of administrative resources by the ruling force was registered as a legal fact by a decision made by the Administrative Court," he said. The other circumstance, which, according to Vardevanyan, is very important, is that the pre-election campaign, which lasted for a very short period of time, contained direct propaganda of hate speech by a high-ranking official for several days in a row. He also emphasized that they had tried to get information on which polling stations the servicemen were going to vote in, but that information was kept secret. "We have a situation when, for example, servicemen vote with a military card, which is neither a passport nor an identification card. At the same time, there are videos and numerous alarms on how servicemen are not instructed but ordered how to vote," he said. Vardevanyan noted that they are studying the published electoral lists, and that certain issues have been registered in that sense, which will be summarized, and that the alliance will apply to the Constitutional Court. Responding to the presented information that the servicemen took part in the voting with military ID cards, the CEC Chairman Tigran Mukuchyan mentioned that it has always been so, and for them, the military ID card is an identity document. Vardevanyan answered that there has been a shortcoming in the state in terms of its actions. "Mechanisms had to be made to ensure the selection of servicemen so that there would not be more than 100.000 passports that do not work and so that there would not be such a large electoral list. During 7 of the 12 days of the campaign, he talked about vendettas, hitting on the head, and at the same time there was an abuse of administrative resources," Vardevanyan said.
14:02 - 27 June,2021
The RA CEC received 4 applications to invalidate the results of the parliamentary elections

The RA CEC received 4 applications to invalidate the results of the parliamentary elections

The Central Electoral Commission received four applications on invalidating the results of the snap parliamentary elections, the CEC Chairman Tigran Mukuchyan stated this while presenting the summary data of the elections. According to Mukuchyan, one of the applications was submitted in violation of the established terms. The applications were submitted by the "Zartonq" National Christian Party, as well as the "Armenia" and the "I Have the Honor" alliances. The reason for declaring the voting results invalid in the "Zartonq" party's application was the following: Prior to the election campaign, the representatives of the "Civil Contract" party, who had the status of public servants, were actually campaigning at the expense of state resources; During the election campaign, they were using methods of psychological coercion and calls for violence, and spreading threats of violence and hatred; There were gatherings in the polling stations on the voting day; Many ballots did not have photos, cases of directed voting were recorded; Arrests were reported during the election campaign, and many polling stations were without power electricity when counting ballots; Ballot envelopes were transparent and it was clear who they were voting for; Other cases of voting control were registered. The "I Have the Honor" alliance presented the following in its application as grounds for invalidating the elections: The principle of equality and legitimacy has been violated in the snap elections since May 10, when the Prime Minister resigned, but he continued to exercise the powers given to the Prime Minister; Administrative resources used on the election day; Calls for hatred and violence by Nikol Pashinyan, the PM candidate of the "Civil Contract" party, during the pre-election campaign; During the election process, thousands of people who had to move abroad permanently or had Armenian passports were not allowed to vote, as the Passport and Visa Department of the Police adopted a differentiated approach without any legal justification; During the campaign, the provision of broadcast time was rejected on unreasonable grounds, and the Public Television of Armenia refused to broadcast the video provided by the "I Have the Honor" alliance; Thousands of people participated in the elections, whose data were kept secret, polling stations were kept secret, and no information was available; Pre-made ballot packages were provided in a number of polling stations, as a result of which there were cases when this or that ballot paper was missing in the package; Possible cases of directed voting in the Armed Forces. According to the alliance, the large inaccuracies in the polling station protocols and the results published by the Central Electoral Commission, which appeared in the results of the recount announced by the Central Electoral Commission are very suspicious.
13:50 - 27 June,2021
"Armenia" alliance claims the executive power is using repressions conditioned by political views

"Armenia" alliance claims the executive power is using repressions conditioned by political views

The "Armenia" alliance has issued a statement, claiming that the executive power in Armenia is using repressions conditioned by political views. "Without waiting for the official confirmation of the snap parliamentary elections' results, especially when they are disputed, the executive power of Armenia, which works on a temporary regime, as well as its subordinates have become more restrained. The regime, which has committed many heinous crimes, has started to openly use politically motivated intimidation and repression at the state level. The regime, which speaks of the "rights and the dictatorship of law", has violated the basic human rights and freedoms and targeted the leaders of many communities, council members, public servants, economic, cultural, scientific, educational, and health activists who do not share the views of the government that is destroying the homeland. Illegal actions of dismissal and restriction of other rights to limit their free actions are systematic and massive. The "Armenia" alliance stands for the support of those who respect the rule of law and their dignity, considering them all as members of the alliance, its supporters, or natural allies. Based on this we demand the executive power of the Republic of Armenia to immediately stop the persecution and violence conditioned by political views, otherwise, the current regime holds all the responsibility for further aggravation of the situation in the Republic of Armenia, which is already in a difficult situation and is overcoming existing challenges. We demand from the RA Prosecutor General's Office, the investigative bodies, the Police, and the National Security Service to prevent the criminal behavior of the political authorities, to identify and punish officials who abuse their powers based on political views. Highly appreciating the activity of the Human Rights Defender of Armenia, we draw the attention of international organizations to the facts of obvious violation of the international obligations of the country in the field of protection of human rights and freedoms by the current authorities of Armenia. We call on the dignified citizens of our country, which is experiencing a demographic crisis, not to think about leaving the homeland. We support you. We are ready to face all the trials together with you, to protect the rights of the citizens of the Republic of Armenia in all legal, political, moral directions. Together we can build a responsible government in the country and build a strong Armenia," the statement reads.  
18:27 - 26 June,2021
Robert Kocharyan finds it difficult to see himself in the newly-elected Parliament

Robert Kocharyan finds it difficult to see himself in the newly-elected Parliament

During a press conference, the PM candidate of the “Armenia” alliance, Armenia’s second president Robert Kocharyan announced that the election results were unexpected for them. “All the sociological surveys of different organizations showed a different picture. We assume that there have been massive violations. We have obviously seen the use of administrative resources, that is why we will apply to the Constitutional Court to discuss the election results. Now all the materials are being collected by our headquarters to have a better idea of the extent of the protest. All our rallies were more crowded and with more energy than the rallies of the government representatives. I will express my personal opinion - my impression is that one factor worked here, the factor of the return of the former government, and it significantly strengthened the factor that three former presidents participated in the elections - two leading the lists, and the third, participating in the campaign very actively," Kocharyan said, adding that as the campaign was very short, they did not have much time and they had only a few meetings in rural areas,” he said. Kocharyan noted that the government has registered higher results in rural areas.    "I think if we had the campaign longer for a week or two, we could have changed that," he said. According to Robert Kocharyan, this was the last bullet of the revolution, but I do not think that the government assesses the situation correctly. "They think this is a new mandate for them, but it was more of an opposite mandate,” he added. Commenting on the taking the parliamentary mandates, Kocharyan said that the alliance does not have a final decision on this issue. "I can say my personal opinion․ Yesterday we were discussing and Seyran Ohanyan did an interesting comparison that if a complete problem is not solved during hostilities, and you keep some trenches, then you should not just keep those trenches, but make them even stronger them for a further attack. Now it is not a war, but it is a political struggle, so that comparison can be used in milder terms in this case. However, I find it difficult to see myself in the parliament," Kocharyan stated.
11:34 - 22 June,2021