November 19
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If there are people who committed election fraud on the day of the referendum on Constitutional amendments in Armenia, they will be held accountable.

Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan, who also headed the “Yes” central headquarters during the referendum campaign, on Monday said the aforementioned to several reporters in Gyumri city.

“There is time,” the PM noted. “Let the relevant authorities investigate.”

And to the journalists’ remark that the voter turnout in the referendum was quite low, Abrahamyan responded: “Approximately 63 percent said ‘yes;’ it’s not a difference of a thousand or ten thousand votes. Everyone has the right to say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’”

On Monday morning, Central Electoral Commission Chairman Tigran Mukuchyan announced that 825,851 people—or 63.35 percent of voters—said “yes,” whereas 421,600 people—or 32.35 percent—said “no” to the proposed amendments.

In line with preliminary data, however, the voter turnout in the referendum was quite low, as 1,296,368 people, or 50.51 percent of the voters, have cast their ballots in this plebiscite.

According to the protocol, there were 2,547,918 people on the main lists of voters in the referendum, and 2,567,047 citizens were eligible to vote in this plebiscite.

The referendum on Armenia’s constitutional amendments was conducted on Sunday.

Following the independence of Armenia in 1991, the Constitution was adopted on July 5, 1995, which is marked as Constitution Day.

The Constitution was amended in 2005, and the country switched from a presidential to a semi-presidential system of governance.

And pursuant to the currently proposed amendments, the country will make a transition from a semi-presidential to a parliamentary system of governance, and conduct completely proportional parliamentary elections.

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