Protesting the Process: “Disgrace” says Ter-Petrosyan

Thousands of presidential candidate Levon Ter-Petrosyan supporters have gathered near Matenadaran today demanding that the February 19 presidential election be recognized null and void.

Scanning “Serzh, Go Away!” they demanded that new elections be held “in the name of establishment of legitimate authorities”.

Opposition activist Nikol Pashinyan said in his speech that they did not agree even to a runoff and demanded the invalidation of the vote in which Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan emerged as an outright winner according to the preliminary results published by the Central Electoral Commission.

Police have cordoned off the protestors whose ranks spread from Matenadaran to Nairi Cinema House – some 200 meters according to rough estimates.

Pashinyan claimed the authorities had been planning on securing a 65 percent victory for their candidate, which, however, they failed to do. He also claimed that attempts had been made to disrupt the work of metro and public transport to prevent or delay Ter-Petrosyan supporters from attending the public rally.

Addressing the crowd former president Ter-Petrosyan called the election “a disgrace”. He claimed huge inflation of voter turnout figures.

“I declare with all responsibility that the number of eligible voters in Armenia is 1.7 million and 1.1 million of them in reality went to the polls yesterday,” Ter-Petrosyan said.

The Central Electoral Commission published the turnout figure of about 1.7 million (of about 2.3 million eligible voters).

The rally proceeded with a march along Mashtots Avenue to Republic Square and further to the Central Electoral Commission building.