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Sep 17

DECISION of the Central Election Commission on the election of deputies of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia of September 14, 2018

DECISION
of the Central Election Commission
on the election of deputies of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia
of September 14, 2018

In accordance with the article 21 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 10 December 1948 and the Declaration «On the Rights of Indigenous Peoples» of September 13, 2007
and in accordance with
– The Declaration «On the Formation of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia», of May 24, 2013;
– The Law of the Republic of Western Armenia «On the state structure of Western Armenia, the status of the deputies of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia and the regulations of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia» of January 21, 2014, as amended and supplemented of May 29, 2018;
– The decision of the 7th session of the National Assembly (Parliament) of the Western Armenia of the 1st convocation of May 29, 2018;
– The Decree of the President of the Republic of Western Armenia № 16/2018, of June 1, 2018,

for the second time in the history of the Armenian people all over the world from 00:01 a.m. September 1, 2018 to 00:00 p.m. September 5, 2018 (according to Yerevan’s time) elections of the deputies of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia were held by direct and secret electronic Internet voting at the email address: www.elections-western-armenia.info and in the regional offices of Armenians of Western Armenia.

To organize the elections the Central Election Commission (CEC) was formed on the elections of the deputies of the National Assembly of Western Armenia (Parliament) of the second convocation which was authorized to organize and conduct the entire election campaign.

During the period from June 1, 2018 to September 14, 2018, 19 CEC meetings were held where necessary regulatory documents were adopted to organize elections to the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia, lists of voters and candidates to the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia were checked and approved and the results of the elections to the National Assembly (Parliament) of the Western Armenia of the second convocation were finally verified and approved.

The materials on the course of the election campaign and the elections themselves were regularly published on the official information resources of the Republic of Western Armenia in 6 languages: Armenian, English, Russian, French, Turkish and Arabic.
– Site of parliamentary elections – www.elections-western-armenia.info
– Site for citizenship – www.citizenship-western-armenia.info
– Site of the Parliament – www.parliament-wa.info
– Site of the Government – www.gov-wa.info
and in the media.

The special Internet portal www.elections-western-armenia.info was opened for the organization of elections of the deputies of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia of the 2nd convocation including the registration of voters, candidates to deputies and for voting where everyone could:
Firstly, apply for citizenship of the Republic of Western Armenia;
Secondly, register as a voter;
Thirdly, in accordance with the requirements of the Law of the Republic of Western Armenia «On the state structure of Western Armenia, the status of the deputies of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia and the regulations of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia» and the Decree of the President of the Republic of Western Armenia (Armenia) № 16 / 2018 of June 01, 2018 (which was published on the official websites of the Republic of Western Armenia) register as a candidate to the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia;
Fourthly, the registered voters – citizens of Western Armenia could take part in the elections of deputies to the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia of the 2nd convocation by secret and direct ballot.

112 candidates nominated themselves as candidates for the deputies of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia of the 2nd convocation.
During the verification of the submitted documents 11 persons were denied the registration as candidates to the National Assembly of Western Armenia of the 2nd convocation. They did not submit to the CEC the relevant documents required for the registration as a candidate for a deputy.
This decision was not appealed by them.

In accordance with the requirements of the Law of the Republic of Western Armenia «On the state structure of Western Armenia, the status of the deputies of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia and the regulations of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia» and the Decree of the President of the Republic of Western Armenia (Armenia) № 16/2018 of June 1 2018 the final lists of candidates for the deputies of the National Assembly of the Western Armenia (Parliament) of the second convocation were approved in the number of 101 people who were included into the ballot paper.

The list of officially registered candidates for the deputies to the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia of the 2nd convocation was published on August 31, 2018 on the official website for voting – www.elections-western-armenia.info
For the period from June 1, 2018 to September 5, 2018 inclusive 51.505 voters from 47 countries representing almost all the Armenian populated regions of the world were registered and voted, who, as citizens of the Republic of Western Armenia, received the right to vote in the elections of deputies to the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia.

These voters are from: the Republic of Armenia, Artsakh, Western Armenia, Russia, France, Abkhazia, Crimea, Javakhk, Georgia, the Ukraine, the USA, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Australia, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Serbia, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Belarus, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Israel, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey.

51.505 voters who participated and voted in the elections of the deputies of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia of the 2nd convocation:
– Voted «For» – 51.116 voters which is 99.245% of those who took part in the voting.
– Voted «Against» – 37 voters which is 0.072% of those who participated in the voting.
352 bulletins were recognized as invalid which is 0.683% of the total number of completed ballots.

As a result 101 deputies of the National Assembly (Parliament) of the Western Armenia of the 2nd convocation were elected.

Deputies are elected from 32 cities of 11 countries.
These are: Armenia, Russia, Abkhazia, France, the USA, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden.
The cities are: Yerevan, Echmiadzin, Armavir, Talin, Spitak, Dvin, Aparan, Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Novorossiysk, Odintsovo, Tula, Volgograd, Gagra, Sukhum, Paris, Nice, Creteil, Choisy-le-Roi, Los Angeles, Beirut, Jerusalem, Ootmarsum, Vasteras, Akhalkalaki and others.

The elected deputies come from 27 regions and regions of Western Armenia: Bitlis, Sasun, Mush, Van, Tigranakert, Amshen, Trapizon, Ordu, Sebastia, Karin (Erzurum), Kars, Ardahan, Ani, Igdir, Harbert, Cilicia, Adana, Urfa, Malatia, Marash, Khnus, Dersim, Taron, Javakhk, etc.

The age of the deputies of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia of the 2nd convocation is:
Over the age of 60 – 7 deputies;
From 50 to 60 years – 20 deputies;
From 40 to 50 years – 16 deputies;
From 30 to 40 years – 11 deputies;
Under the age of 30 – 10 deputies.
The oldest deputy is 80 years old, the youngest one is 25.

Out of 101 deputies of the newly elected National Assembly (Parliament) of the Western Armenia of the 2nd convocation, 48 were re-elected from the first convocation of the Parliament and 53 were elected for the first time.
19 women were elected to the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia of the 2nd convocation which makes 19% of the total number of deputies.
5 representatives of indigenous peoples and national minorities were elected to the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia of the 2nd convocation. These are Assyrians, Greeks, Yezidis and others.

It is noteworthy that the first voter was a voter from the Republic of Armenia with roots from Cilicia, and the last – a voter from the Russian Federation with roots from Amshen.

Violations during the elections of deputies to the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia of the 2nd convocation were not revealed.
Complaints on elections of deputies to the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia of the 2nd convocation and the results of voting were not received by CEC.

The Central Election Commission decides:

1. To certify the elections of deputies to the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia of the 2nd convocation.
2. To confirm the elections of 101 deputies of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia of the 2nd convocation. (The list is attached)
3. To submit to the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia the authority of 101 deputies.

The decision was taken unanimously.

Central Election Commission
on elections of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Western Armenia

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