YEREVAN. – A total of 45 cases of distribution or promise of election bribes were recorded in Armenia, from March 13 to 24.
Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Executive Director of the Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center in Armenia, noted the abovementioned at a press conference on Wednesday, as he presented the results of their monitoring, entitled “Abuse of Administrative Resources in 2017 Elections,” which was conducted in the country.
Hoktanyan stated that there were cases when officials as well as employees from educational institutions had participated in the campaigning—for Sunday’s parliamentary election—during working hours, and that the representatives of law enforcement agencies also had partaken in the campaigning.
He added that there were cases of pressures and threats, and, also, voters were enlisted plus people’s passports were collected for “charity.”
In the Transparency International official’s words, abuse of administrative resources was recorded all through Armenia.
Varuzhan Hoktanyan added that representatives of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia and the Tsarukyan Bloc, which is led by opposition Prosperous Armenia Party Chairman and businessman MP Gagik Tsarukyan, either distributed or made promises for election bribes.