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Armenia – Electoral Law

 

April 4, 1995

 

CHAPTER 1, GENERAL PROVISIONS

CHAPTER 2, THE BASES OF PREPARING AND CARRYING OUT THE ELECTIONS

CHAPTER 3, ELECTORAL COMMITTEES

CHAPTER 4, LISTS OF VOTERS

CHAPTER 5, THE NOMINATION AND REGISTRATION OF THE CANDIDATES FOR DEPUTIES

CHAPTER 6, PROXIES OF THE CANDIDATES FOR DEPUTIES, PRE-ELECTION CAMPAIGNING

CHAPTER 7, THE PREPARATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF VOTING

CHAPTER 8, SUMMARIZING THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION

CHAPTER 9, ADDITIONAL VOTING

CHAPTER 10, REGULAR ELECTIONS

CHAPTER 11,  BY-ELECTIONS

CHAPTER 12,  THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR VIOLATING REQUIREMENTS OF THE
LAW ON THE ELECTION OF THE DEPUTIES TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 

 

 

CHAPTER 1, GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

 Article 1. The principles of the election of the deputies to the National Assembly and its composition

The deputies to the National Assembly are elected in a secret ballot by the citizens of the Republic of Armenia entitled to vote, based on the free implementation of the right for general equal direct elections. 

The National Assembly comprises 190 deputies. 

Members of the government can not be elected to the National Assembly. Judges, employees of the Prosecution Office and the State Directorate of National Security, servicemen of the Interior Ministry and the Armed Forces cannot be deputies or be nominated for election. 

Article 2. The electoral system

 
The elections to the National Assembly are carried out based on the majoritarian and proportional representation systems. 

150 deputies of the National Assembly are elected by the majoritarian system, one National Assembly deputy from each voting district. 

40 deputies of the National Assembly are elected by the proportional representation system in a single multiballot district comprising the whole territory of the republic from among deputy candidates nominated through lists. 

Article 3. The right to votem

 
The citizens of the Republic of Armenia who became 18 years of age prior to the day of the elections and have resided in the Republic of Armenia for at least one year prior to the day of the elections have the right to vote. 

The citizens of the Republic of Armenia who became 25 years of age prior to the day of the elections and have permanently resided in the Republic of Armenia for at least three years prior to the day of the elections have the right to be elected. 

Persons recognized as incompetent by a court of law, citizens in confinement by a legal court verdict and citizens wanted in a criminal investigation do not take part in the elections. Neither do persons detained under criminal charges, who were denied registration by a decision of the Central electoral committee or the Supreme Court in the manner prescribed by this law. 

Each elector has a right of one vote in a single ballot district and a right of one vote in the multiballot district comprising the whole territory of the republic. 

Each citizen entitled to be elected can run in only one majoritarian district and only one list. 

Any restriction of the right of the citizens of the Republic of Armenia to vote is forbidden, except in cases provided by law. 

Article 4. The right to nominate candidates for deputies to the National Assembly

 
The right to nominate candidates for deputies to the National Assembly belongs to the voters in constituent districts and to public-political organizations or coalitions of these registered prior to the nomination-submitting deadline defined by this law. 

Each public-political organization or a coalition of them has the right to propose only one list of candidates for deputies to the National Assembly. Top

 

CHAPTER 2,  THE BASES OF PREPARING AND CARRYING OUT THE ELECTIONS

Article 5. The the bases of preparing and carrying out the elections

 
The preparation and implementation of the elections is ensured by the central, district and precinct electoral committees in accordance with this law. 

The organizational expenses of the elections are covered from a united fund created under the management of the Central electoral committee. The fund is formed by state allocations as well as voluntary contributions of enterprises, public organizations and individual citizens. The amount of the state allocation for the organization of the elections is authorized by the National Assembly. 

Candidates for deputies to the National Assembly participating in the elections by the majoritarian system and public-political organizations participating in the elections by the proportional system have the right to use their own funds as well as funds generated through donations and fundraisers in their pre-election publicity campaigns. 

The funds used in the campaign of each candidate can not exceed the minimum [monthly] salary in the republic by a factor of more than five hundred. Candidates and public-political organizations submit disclosures of their campaign expenses to the Central electoral committee in a manner prescribed by the latter.

The enterprises, establishments and organizations, state and public bodies shall provide to the electoral committees the necessary office space and furniture for the preparation and implementation of the elections and are obliged to lend practical assistance within their means to the process of preparation and implementation of the elections. 

The decisions of the electoral committees adopted within their jurisdiction are subject to mandatory implementation by all state bodies, enterprises, establishments, organizations and individual citizens. 

 

Article 6. The procedure of forming electoral districts and electoral precincts

 
For the purpose of organizing and implementing the elections the territory of the Republic of Armenia shall be divided into 150 electoral districts. 

The number of voters in each district shall not exceed or be less than 15 percent of the average number of voters in an electoral district. 

Each electoral district shall be formed in such a way as to contain districts with common borders. Each settlement within an electoral district shall be divided into electoral precincts. The number of voters in an electoral precinct shall not be less than 100 or exceed 3000, except for the precincts formed in certain cases with the permission of the Central electoral committee. 

The precincts shall be formed in such a way as to contain buildings and houses closest to the election site. 

Article 7. Public information dissemination during the preparation and

implementation of the National Assembly deputies elections

The electoral committees inform the public on their activities, the formation of electoral districts and precincts, the membership, location, working hours and the lists of constituent voters of respective electoral committees. 

The electoral committees inform the citizens on the nomination and registration status of the candidates for deputies, their biographical data, the main provisions of the pre-election programs of the candidates and public-political organizations and the summary votes and election results for each candidate. 

The representatives of the public-political organizations, the press, the television and the radio, observers and the proxies of the candidates for deputies of the respective electoral districts have the right to be present at the registration of the candidates for deputies, the sealing of the ballot-boxes, the opening of the latter and counting of the votes, the determining the outcome of the elections as well as during the whole duration of the voting. 

The authorization of the representatives must be endorsed by proper documents and the respective electoral district electoral committees must be notified of the latter at least 3 days prior to the date of the elections. 

The respective electoral committee shall create equal conditions for ensuring the presence of the representatives. 

No more than two proxies of each candidate for deputy and public-political organization may be present at an electoral precinct.Top

 

CHAPTER 3,  ELECTORAL COMMITTEES

 

 

Article 8. The bases for forming electoral committees

 
The electoral committees comprise the citizens of the Republic of Armenia that have the right to vote. 

Members of the electoral committees are proposed by the governing bodies provided by the charters of the competing public-political organizations according to the principle of equal representation in the prescribed manner. 

In case the competing public-political organizations do not submit enough proposals the electoral committees are formed and augmented by decision of a superior electoral committee 3 days prior to the deadline set by this law for forming the respective electoral committees. 

If the superior electoral committee does not decide on forming or augmenting the membership of the respective electoral committee within the deadline provided by section 3 of this Article, the decision is made by the chairman of the superior electoral committee. 

Members of an electoral committees can not be laid off from their permanent employment by the management or be subjected to administrative penalty during the function of the electoral committee without agreement of a superior electoral committee. 

Members of electoral committees can not be drafted into military service. 

Decisions on nominating members of electoral committees are submitted to respective superior electoral committees. 

Information on the membership of electoral committees is published in the manner prescribed by the Central electoral committee.

Chairmen, deputy chairmen and members of electoral committees can be elected only to one electoral committee and have no right to be nominated as candidates for deputies. 

Article 9. The procedure for forming the Central Electoral Committee

 
The Central Electoral Commission comprises at least 7 persons, the chairman and 6 members. Candidates for membership of the Central Electoral Commission are proposed by the deputies of the Supreme Council, 1 candidate from every 10 deputies at least. The nomination of candidates by the deputies is certified on the letterhead of the deputies of the Supreme Council by personal signatures of supporting deputies or by means otherwise expressing their personal endorsement. The proposals for nominations are submitted to the secretary of the Supreme Council in the name of the chairman of the Supreme Council 10 days prior to the deadline set for forming the committee. 

Nominees for membership of the Central Electoral Commission submit to the secretary of the Supreme Council in person or through an agent appointed in a manner prescribed by law their agreement to be registered as members of the Central Electoral Commission. 

The membership of the Central Electoral Commission based on the submitted nominations is registered in a special memorandum signed by the chairman and the secretary of the Supreme Council and is published 6 days prior to the deadline set for forming the Central Electoral Commission. 

If the chairman or the secretary of the Supreme Council due to impossibility can not register the membership of the Central Electoral Commission, these tasks are carried through within the set timeframe by the officials provided as their replacement in the charter of the Supreme Council. 

If that possibility is also excluded within the timeframe set in this Article, the President of the Republic of Armenia registers the membership of the Central Electoral Commission based on the submitted nominations no later than the deadline set for the formation of the Central Electoral Commission. 

If the number of nominees for the Central Electoral Commission proposed in the manner prescribed by this Article is less than 6 the vacancies are filled by the President of the Republic of Armenia no later than the deadline set for the formation of the committee. 

The work of the Central Electoral Commission is directed by its chairman, in whose absence - by the deputy chairman. 

The chairman of the Central Electoral Commission is approved from among the members of the Central Electoral Commission. 

The chairman of the Central Electoral Commission is approved by the Supreme Council of the Republic of Armenia by a nomination from the President of the Republic of Armenia no later than 5 days prior the deadline set for the formation of the Central Electoral Commission. 

If the Supreme Council does not confirm the nominee of the President of the Republic of Armenia, the Supreme Council elects the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission in a three day session 3 days prior the deadline set for the formation of the Central Electoral Commission. 

If the Supreme Council does not decide on the appointment of the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission within the set timeframe, the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission is appointed by the President of the Republic of Armenia in the time set for the formation of the Central Electoral Commission. 

The Central Electoral Commission elects from among its members a deputy chairman and a secretary of the committee. 

Prior to the registration of the candidates for deputies one representative from each public-political organizations registered by the Ministry of Justice prior to the deadline set for the formation of the Central Electoral Commission can take part in the work of the Central Electoral Commission with an advisory vote. 

Following the registration of the candidates for deputies one representative from each public- political organization or their blocs that had received a right to participate in the elections can take part in the work of the Central Electoral Commission with an advisory vote. 

 

Article 10. The procedure for forming a district electoral committee

 
The district electoral committee comprises at least 7 persons. 

Prior to the deadline for the registration of candidates for deputies of the National Assembly the membership of the committee, ensuring the principle of equal representation, includes representatives of public-political organizations that had submitted an application to participate in the elections by the proportional system. 

The number of the representatives of public-political organizations in the district electoral committees is determined by the Central Electoral Commission. The deadline for the nominations of the public- political organizations is determined by the Central Electoral Commission within the provisions of this law. The Central Electoral Commission records the membership of district electoral committees based on the nominations of the public-political organizations. 

The district electoral committees elect from among their members chairmen of the committees within three days but no later than 6 days prior to the deadline set by this law for the formation of the district electoral committees. If the chairman of a committee is not elected in this timeframe the chairman of the district committee is appointed by the Central Electoral Commission from among the members of the district committee 3 days prior to the deadline set by this law for the formation of the district electoral committees. If the Central Electoral Commission does not appoint a chairman to the respective district electoral committee within this timeframe, the appointment is made by the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission from among the members of the district electoral committee. 

The district electoral committee elects from among its members a deputy chairman and a secretary of the committee. 

Following the deadline for the registration of the candidates for deputies the representatives of the public-political organizations not participating in the elections by the proportional system are excluded from the membership of the committee and can participate in the sessions of the committee with an advisory vote. 

The provision defined in the previous section of this Article does not extend to the chairman of the committee. 

The work of the district electoral committees ceases following the elections by a decision of the Central Electoral Commission. 

 

Article 11. The procedure for forming a precinct electoral committee

 
The precinct electoral committee comprises at least 7 persons. 

Prior to the deadline for the registration of candidates for deputies of the National Assembly the membership of the committee, ensuring the principle of equal representation, includes representatives of public-political organizations that had submitted an application to participate in the elections by the proportional system. The number of the 

representatives of public-political organizations in the committees is determined by the Central Electoral Commission. 

The district electoral committee records the membership of precinct electoral committees based on the nominations of the public-political organizations. 

The precinct electoral committees elect from among their members chairmen of the committees within three days 4 days prior to the deadline set by this law for the formation of the district electoral committees. If the chairman of a committee is not elected in this timeframe the chairman of the precinct committee is appointed by the district electoral committee from among the members of the precinct committee 2 days prior to the deadline set by this law for the formation of the precinct electoral committees. If the district electoral committee does not appoint a chairman to the respective precinct electoral committee within this timeframe, the appointment is made by the chairman of the district electoral committee from among the members of the precinct electoral committee. 

The precinct electoral committee elects from among its members a deputy chairman and a secretary of the committee. 

Following the deadline for the registration of the candidates for deputies to the National Assembly the representatives of the public-political organizations not participating in the elections by the proportional system are excluded from the membership of the committee. 

The provision defined in the previous section of this Article does not extend to the chairman of the committee. 

The work of the precinct electoral committees ceases following the elections by a decision of the Central Electoral Commission.

Article 12. The procedure of introducing changes in the membership of the electoral committees

 
The powers of the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission can be terminated prematurely initiated by the President of the Republic of Armenia or the National Assembly. 

The National Assembly shall discuss and adopt a decision on such initiative from the President of the Republic of Armenia within one month upon its receipt. 

If the decision of the National Assembly approves of the initiative of the President of the Republic of Armenia, the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission is dismissed by a presidential decree within two days from the receipt of the approval of the National Assembly. 

The decision of the National Assembly on dismissing the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission is submitted to the President of the Republic of Armenia. The President of the Republic of Armenia can dismiss the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission by his decree within one month of the receipt of the decision of the National Assembly or he can object to the decision of the National Assembly. In the latter case the President of the Republic of Armenia submits his objection to the National Assembly, which can reconfirm its decision to dismiss the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission within 15 days by a majority vote of at least 2/3 of the of the total number of the National Assembly deputies. 

In case the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission is dismissed, the new chairman is appointed within 20 days in the manner prescribed by this law.

The powers of the deputy chairman, the secretary and the members of the Central Electoral Commission can be terminated prematurely: 

 

a) based on a personal application; 

b) through an initiative of the Central Electoral Commission. 

 

The powers of the deputy chairman, the secretary and the members of the Central Electoral Commission can be terminated based on their personal applications by a decision of the committee. If the Central Electoral Commission does not adopt a decision to settle the application, the powers of the deputy chairman, the secretary and the members of the Central Electoral Commission are terminated prematurely following a second application reiterating the request by the author within one month from the declination of the first. 

The vacancies in the Central Electoral Commission created by cases provided in this Article are not filled unless the number of the members falls below 7. If the membership of the Central Electoral Commission falls below 7 it is augmented by a decree of the President of the Republic of Armenia within 20 days. 

The powers of the persons within district and precinct electoral committees may be terminated prematurely in the same procedure in which they were included in the committee. 

The premature termination of the powers can also be implemented either through a decision of a superior committee by its own initiative or through a decision of an inferior committee: 
 

a) based on a personal application; 
b) if the provisions of this law are not obeyed; 
c) if five consecutive sessions of a committee are missed without a proper cause. 
 

Point b) of the previous section of this Article can only be applied to a person included in an electoral committee for at least one month. 

In case of a premature termination of the powers of persons included in an electoral committee the electoral committees are augmented in a manner prescribed by this law for the forming of respective committees. 

No changes can be made in the membership of the electoral committees through the 5 days preceding the elections and during the assessment of the results of the elections. Persons included in the electoral committees have no right to refuse their duties in the committees beginning from 6 PM on the day preceding the elections and through the completion of the assessment of the election results except for cases of health failure or death of a close relative, of which the superior electoral committee shall be notified. 

Article 13. The powers of the Central Electoral Commission

 
The Central Electoral Commission is the body conducting the oversight of this law and ensuring its uniform implementation. In accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Armenia it has the following powers: 

 

1) in case of a fact of breaking this law or of disobeying its provisions to apply to the respective bodies or to the court; 

2) to form electoral districts and district electoral committees, to alter the borders of electoral precincts and membership of electoral committees in cases and the manner provided by law; 

3) to manage the means allocated for the elections, disburse the finances among the electoral committees, to oversee the allocation of office space, furnishings, transportation means, electricity, communications equipment and other material and technical assets to district and precinct electoral committees; 

4) to determine the layout of the election documentation, the ballots, ballot boxes, specimens of the seals, the procedure and timeframe for filling in and filing the documentation. To provide necessary documentation to the electoral committees; 

5) in order to ensure uniform implementation of the law to pass and publish the necessary decisions and decrees on the procedure of the elections and their preparation, to oversee their implementation; 

6) to attend to reports of the electoral committees and government bodies on matters concerning the implementations of the elections and their preparation; 

7) to change in exceptional cases the time and site of the voting; 

8) to discuss the appeals and complaints received concerning the decisions and actions of the electoral committees and to pass decisions on these; 

9) to alter or annul the decisions of the district and precinct committees; 
10) to register the candidates for deputies nominated for participation in the elections to the National Assembly by the proportional system and issue them candidate certificates, to refuse or annul the registration of a candidate/candidates; 
11) to register or refuse to register the persons in detention regardless of their nomination for participation in a proportional or majoritarian election system. In these cases the Central Electoral Commission must receive a conclusion from the Prosecutors office of the Republic of Armenia within the timeframe provided by law; 

12) to render, summarize and confirm the results of the elections based on the proportional or majoritarian system, to verify them if necessary; 

13) to register the elected candidates for deputies to the National Assembly and issue them certificates of a National Assembly deputy; 

14) to declare the elections partially or completely invalid; 

15) to appoint additional votings or by-elections; 

16) to exercise other powers ensuring the oversight and the uniform implementation of this law. 

 

Article 14. The powers of the district electoral committees

 
The district electoral committee, in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Armenia, exercises the following powers: 

 

1) to oversee the implementation of this law in its district; 

2) to form electoral precincts and precinct electoral committees, make changes in their membership; 

3) to provide the precinct committees with the necessary material and technical means, election documentation, to organize in the prescribed manner the preparation and the implementation of the elections, to oversee the implementation, to provide the electoral precincts with office space, furnishings, transportation means, electricity, communications equipment and other material and technical assets; 

4) to attend to reports of the precinct committees, administrative bodies within the precinct territories and interested organizations on matters concerning the implementation of the elections and their preparation; 

5) to follow the compilation of the lists of voters by the local authorities, the transfer of these to the respective precinct committees and submitting for general notification; 

6) to discuss the applications and complaints received concerning the decisions and actions of the precinct electoral committees and to pass decisions on these; 

7) to register and issue respective certificates to the candidates for deputies to the National Assembly and their proxies nominated in the district, as well as to the proxies of public-political organizations participating in the elections by the lists of candidates to the National Assembly. To refuse or annul the registration of a nominated candidate in accordance with this law; 

8) to submit to the Central Electoral Commission all materials in its possession regarding the persons in detention nominated for participation in the elections in their district; 

9) to organize the publication on an equal basis of the biographies and brief pre-election programs of the candidates for deputies nominated in the district, as well as to submit to the precinct electoral committees the pre-election programs of the public-political organizations or their blocs and the lists of the candidates for deputies; 

10) to register the representatives and observers; 

11) to ensure the the preparation of the district ballots and their distribution to the precincts along with the ballots for the list elections; 

12) to summarize and declare the results of the voting in the district; 
13) to exercise other powers ensuring the uniform implementation of this law in the district. 

 

Article 15. The powers of the precinct electoral committees

 
The precinct electoral committee, in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Armenia, has the following powers: 

 

1) ensures the voters the possibility to acquaint themselves with the lists; 

2) accepts and discusses complaints on the inaccuracies in the lists of voters and solves the issues of introducing the respective adjustments to the lists; 

3) organizes the publication on an equal basis of the biographies and pre-election programs of the candidates for deputies, the pre-election programs of the public-political organizations or their blocs and the lists of the candidates for deputies; 
4) informsthe voters on the location of the precinct, the day of the elections and the working hours of the committee; 

5) ensures the the preparation of the building, the booths, the ballot boxes and other means necessary for the elections; 

6) organizes the voting, summarizes the results of the voting and declares them in the precinct; 

7) discusses applications and complaints presented on preparation of elections, organization and implementation of voting, and passes decisions on them; 

8) exercises other powers in accordance with this law 

 

Article 16. The organization of the work of electoral committees

 
The work of the electoral committees is organised by the chairmen of respective committees or their deputies by their assignment, ensuring equal conditions for the presence at the committee sessions during deliberation of issues of the representatives of parties interested in them. 

Members of electoral committees have the right to inspect the issues under the jurisdiction of their committees and access the corresponding documents. 

The electoral committees determine the schedule for their regular sessions. The extraordinary sessions are convened by the chairman at his initiative or by a written demand of at least 1/3 of the committee members. The chairman must convene the extraordinary session before the regular session. 

The sessions of a committee possess equal authority, if more than half of the total number of committee members attend. 

The decisions of the electoral committees are passed by an open ballot. In special cases a secret ballot may be decided upon by the committee members. The ballot is considered valid if more than half of the total number of committee members have voted. 

The decision is considered passed if it was voted for by more than half of the participants of the voting. 

Upon the request of a superior committee the committees must submit to it all materials at their disposal concerning issues of interest for the former, including, provided existing, written memorandums on the issue presented by the committee members. 

If the decisions of a committee contradict each other, the decision of the superior committee prevails. 

The persons included in the electoral committees, in the manner prescribed by the Central Electoral Commission, can be relieved of their obligations at the production or service employment. 

 

The chairman and the secretary of the Central Electoral Commission are employed on a permanent basis and, until the termination of their powers, can not be engaged in other paid employment except for scientific-pedagogical or creative work, can not have other state positions or engage directly in entrepreneurship. 

The chairman of the Central Electoral Commission forms a staff. Compensation for work performed with connection to the elections is paid from the allocation for the elections. From the day of their formation the electoral committees maintain a register with pages numbered and sealed by the superior committee, in which mandatory dated entries are made on all factual activities carried out in connection with the elections. 

Article 17. The procedure of appealing the decisions and actions of electoral committees

 
The decisions and actions of electoral committees can be appealed at the superior electoral committee, while the decisions and actions of the Central Electoral Commission or, in other cases provided by this law, can also be appealed at the court of law by the public-political organizations, candidates for deputies, their proxies, observers and voters, within three days from the appealed decision or action. 

The complaint must be discussed within 3 days from its submission. The decisions of the Central Electoral Commission concerning the results of the elections can be appealed at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Armenia.Top

CHAPTER 4,  LISTS OF VOTERS

 

Article 18. Lists of voters and the procedure for their compilation

 
Lists of voters are compiled according to the electoral districts, they are signed and sealed by the head of the local self-governing body of the settlement that includes the district. 

Lists of voters include citizens entitled to vote living in the respective district permanently or within the borders of the district during the last 6 months preceding the elections at the time of compilation of the lists. 

The first and last names of voters, their patronimics, addresses, dates of birth and the documents serving as basis for including in the list are entered in the lists of voters in the format fit for the organization of voting. For voters 18 years of age the month and day of birth are also entered. 

A voter can be included in the list of only one electoral district. 

Article 19. The exposure of citizens to the lists of voters

and the right to appeal the errors in the lists of voters

The lists of voters are exposed for general public 15 days prior to the date of the elections. 

The citizens, candidates for deputies or their proxies are given the possibility to view the lists of voters and verify their accuracy in the offices of the precinct electoral committees. 

A complaint on an inaccuracy in the list of voters is reviewed by the precinct electoral committee, it must discuss the complaint and introduce the necessary adjustments in the list or provide the applicant with a copy of a substantiated decision on rejecting the complaint within two days, and immediately on the eve or on the day of the election. 

The decision of the precinct electoral committee can be appealed at the district (city) court of law five days prior to the elections day, the latter has to review the complaint within three days. The adjustment in the list of voters requested by a court of law is introduced immediately.Top

CHAPTER 5,  THE NOMINATION AND REGISTRATION OF THE CANDIDATES FOR DEPUTIES
 

Article 20. The procedure of nomination for the candidates for deputies

 
The candidates for deputies are nominated through supporting the nomination proposal by the signatures of the voters. 

Each voter supporting the proposal of the candidate for deputy personally signs the official nomination form. 

The filled-in and stamped official letterhead and nomination forms of a confirmed layout for the candidate for deputy are given by: 

1) the Central Electoral Commission in case of proposing a nomination for election by the proportional system; 

2) the respective district electoral committee in case of proposing a nomination for election by the majoritarian system, or the Central Electoral Commission in case the Central Electoral Commission satisfies the appeal of a rejection by a district committee to give nomination forms.

The official nomination forms for the candidate for deputy are given to: 

 

1) not more than 10 authorized representatives of a public-political organization, who present the decision of the governing body of the organization on submitting a list of candidates and are fully authorized by that body; 

2) not more than 5 authorized representatives of an individual who had submitted an application to run in the elections by the majoritarian system or had sent in the legally verified application. The authorized representatives represent the interests of the proposed candidates from the list of a given public-political organization or their bloc, as well as the interests of the individual candidates in the Central Electoral Commission and are entitled to an advisory vote. 

The candidates for deputies from a list are considered nominated if between 10,000 and 12,000 voters sign in support of the list. 

The candidate for deputy in an election by a majoritarian system is considered nominated if between 500 and 700 voters from the given electoral district sign in support of his/her proposal. 

An election deposit in the amount of a factor of ten of the minimum [monthly] salary in the republic is paid to the united electoral fund by the public-political organizations or the candidate for every proposed nomination of a candidate. 

The deposit is refunded to those public-political organizations, their blocs or individual candidates, who receive more than 5% of the votes. 

Every public-political organization or individual organizing their nomination is responsible for selecting the persons to be trusted with collecting the signatures and issues them certificates to that effect. 

The documents proposing nominations of candidates for deputies should contain entries of the candidates first and last names, patronymic, the day, month and year of birth, address of residence, employment and party membership. 

When giving the official nomination forms to the authorized representatives the Central and district electoral committees make mandatory entries in them of the receivers first and last names, patronymic, and the basis for registering that individual as an authorized representative. Upon submitting the nomination ballots with the signatures of voters to the respective committees for the registration of nominations, entries are made of the first and last names, patronymic, address of residence, passport number and signature of the authorized collector of signatures of the given nomination form. 

If the proposed candidate for deputy is in detention a special reference to that effect is to be made by the initiators in the document proposing the candidate. 
 

Article 21. The registration of a candidate for deputy

 
The documents nominating a candidate for deputy are accepted by the respective electoral committees. The latter may discuss the issue of their registration only if the following documents have been received by the nomination deadline set by law: 
 

1) the properly filled in nomination documents proposing a candidate for deputy; 
2) the properly filled in official nomination ballots of a candidate for deputy with signatures of a minimum of 10,000 voters in case of elections by the proportional system and signatures of a minimum of 500 voters in case of elections by the majoritarian system; 

3) a written declaration of the agreement by the candidate for deputy to run in the elections, which, if not submitted by the candidate in person, must be legally verified, in the manner prescribed by legislation; 

4) a certification of residential address and registration; 

5) the receipt of the paid election deposit; 

6) for detained persons a written statement to the fact by the proposed candidate or his/her authorized representative. 

The candidates for deputies are registered by respective electoral committees provided: 
 

1) the number of invalid or false signatures revealed by an inspection of the official nomination ballots of a candidate(s) for deputy does not exceed 300 in case of elections by the proportional system and 50 in case of elections by the majoritarian system, and if these are neglected, the number of remaining signatures in the official nomination ballots is no less than 10000 in case of elections by the proportional system and no less that 500 in case of elections by the majoritarian system; 
2) no falsification is revealed by inspection of the other submitted nomination documents. 

The nomination of a candidate for deputy is registered without voting in cases referred to in the previous sections of this Article if the committee members with a decisive vote have no objections. In case of an objection the objection is voted on. 

The registration of the nomination of a candidate for deputy can be refused by the respective committee if: 

 

1) the number of invalid or false signatures revealed by an inspection of the official nomination ballots of a candidate for deputy exceeds 300 in case of elections by the proportional system and exceeds 50 in case of elections by the majoritarian system, and in case these are neglected, the number of remaining signatures in the official nomination ballots is less than 10,000 in case of elections by the proportional system and less that 500 in case of elections by the majoritarian system; 

2) falsification is revealed by inspection of the other submitted nomination documents; 

3) the candidate for deputy has agreed in writing to run in more than one district in case of elections by the majoritarian system and more than one list in case of elections by the proportional system; 

4) the restrictions embedded in this law extend to the candidates for deputies. 

In cases provided for by this Article the refusal to register the candidate for deputy by respective electoral committees is recorded without a vote, unless the persons in the committee with decisive or advisory votes have objections. In case of an objection by the above-mentioned persons the objection is voted on. 

The registration of the candidate for deputy is considered void if following the registration facts are revealed that extend the restrictions of this Article upon the candidate. In such cases the respective committee records in its session and publishes the invalidity of the registration. 

If the person proposed as a candidate for deputy is in detention the Central Electoral Commission passes a decision on his/her registration only if a written conclusion of the Prosecutors office exists on the substantiated nature of that persons detention. In such cases the the necessary documents for nominating a candidate for deputy are submitted to the district electoral committee 10 days prior to the deadline set for the submission of the nomination documentation. 

The person in detention or his/her authorized representative applies to the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission with a request to receive the written conclusion of the Prosecutors office on the substantiated nature of the persons detention, attaching the receipt by the electoral committee in exchange for the necessary nomination documents, which the chairman or the secretary of the district electoral committee issues immediately upon receipt of the necessary documents, within one day. 

Upon the receipt of the application by the person in detention or his/her authorized representative the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission within one day requests a conclusion from the Prosecutors office, which must send its conclusion on the substantiated nature of the persons detention before the deadline set by this law for submission of the nominations of candidates for deputies. 

In case of registration or the refusal to register the persons in detention as candidates for deputy the interested parties have the right to appeal at the Supreme Court the decision of the Central Electoral Commission within three days of its passing. 

The decision of the Supreme Court to recognize the decision of the Central Electoral Commission as illegal is considered basis for changing the corresponding decision of the Central Electoral Commission. In this case the Central Electoral Commission records without voting the change of its own decision necessitated by the decision of the Supreme Court. 

The registration of persons in detention as candidates for deputy and their election as deputies can not serve as basis for dropping the criminal charges or closing the indictment. 

Starting from the moment of registration the pre-trial measures chosen for such persons, the detention, may be replaced by a milder measure of custody that does not prevent them from participating in a full-pledge pre-election campaign. 

The communique on the registration of the candidates for deputies is published in the manner prescibed by the Central Electoral Commission. 

 

Article 22. The termination of the registration of the candidate for deputy

 
The candidate for deputy can terminate his/her nomination through submitting a withdrawal application to the respective electoral committee. The registration of a candidate based on his/her withdrawal can be annulled no later than five days prior to the elections. In case one of the candidates declares withdrawal 5 days prior to the 2nd stage of voting, the permission is granted by decision of the the district electoral committee to the candidate with the next biggest number of votes in the 1st stage to take part in the 2nd stage of voting. 

In case of the death of a candidate, as well as in cases provided for in Article 25 of this law when the facts are confirmed, the registration is annulled. 

 

Article 23. Immunity of the candidates for deputies

 
The candidate for deputy can not be detained without a decision of a court of law. Top

CHAPTER 6,  PROXIES OF THE CANDIDATES FOR DEPUTIES, PRE-ELECTION CAMPAIGNING

Article 24. Proxies

 
To represent the interests of the candidates for deputies and public-political organizations in the respective electoral committees the district electoral committees, upon presentation by the candidates for deputies and public-political organiza tions, register not more than three proxies for each electoral precinct, who are issued certificates. 

The proxies have the right to represent the interests of the candidate for deputy in the relations with state and public bodies, to be present unhampered at all functions of the respective electoral committee. 

Not more than two proxies from each candidate for deputy or public-political organization may be present concurrently at a function of the district electoral committee. 

The registration of a proxy (proxies) is invalidated and a new proxy (proxies) is registered by the district electoral committee based on an application by the candidate for deputy or a public-political organization. 

A proxy can not be included in the electoral committee. 

 

Article 25. Pre-election campaigning

 
The citizens of the Republic of Armenia have the right of free and diversified discussion of the political, business and personal characteristics of a candidate for deputy, as well as the right to freely campaign through meetings, rallies and the mass media. 

The candidates for deputies and their proxies, public-political organiza tions have the right to organize meetings with the voters. 

The electoral committees and respective state bodies must ensure the equal opportunity to use: 

 

1) for the public-political organiza tions participating in the elections by the proportional system the republican state-owned mass-media outlets; 
2) for the candidates for deputies participating in the elections by the majoritarian system the local state-owned mass-media outlets. The Central Electoral Commission ensures the possibility of the gratuitous use by the public-political organiza tions and private candidates participating in the elections of the respective state-owned mass-media within the limits of the united elections fund.   

Each public-political organiza tion and private candidate participating in the elections may also use the respective state-owned mass-media on a paid basis on their own expense but not to exceed the double of what the Central Electoral Commission has defined as the gratuitous limit. 

During the pre-election campaign it is forbidden for the candidates for deputies either in person or through other persons, private, state enterprises or organizations to allocate funds, food, other goods or gifts to the voters using any pretext. In case any of the above-mentioned facts is confirmed to have happened, the Central Electoral Commission may declare the registration of the candidate void. 

On the day of voting it is forbidden to campaign, have rallies, or for people to congregate in the vicinity of the ballot buildings.Top

 

CHAPTER 7,  THE PREPARATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF VOTING

 

Article 26. Ballots

 
The ballots in the election by the majoritarian system lists in the alphabetical order the first and last names, the patronymic of the candidate for deputy, his/her party membership, employment and job description, in the election by the proportional system the name of the registered public-political organization or their bloc (or the abridged name, if the public-political organization uses one), as well as the first and last names and the patronimics of the first three candidates for deputy in the list. 
 

Article 27. The certificate of the right to vote

 
Each voter is issued a certificate of the right to vote. The certificate of the right to vote is a sheet of paper consisting of two similar sections that can be separated. It has entries of the first and last names and the patronymic of the voter, the day, month and year of his/her birth, the address of residence, the numbers of the electoral district and the electoral precinct, as well as the number across the last name of the voter in the list of voters.

 

Article 28. The disbursing and collection of the voting documents

 
The voting documents are disbursed and received in the electoral committees with a mandatory entry in the register containing the signatures of the giver and taker as well as recording the transaction by way of issuing a receipt. 

The ballots and certificates of the right to vote are allocated to the electoral committees in the previously approved quantities.

 

Article 29. The place and time of voting

 
The voting takes place on the day of the elections from 8AM to 8PM. 

A voter participates in the elections only in the precinct that includes his/her residence. 

In exceptional cases the the place and time of voting may be changed by a decision of the Central Electoral Commission.   

Article 30. The organization of voting

 
The voting takes place in specially allocated buildings, where a sufficient number of booths or rooms must be furnished to carry out the secret ballot, and tables installed for the registration of voters and distribution of the ballots. The ballot boxes must be placed in a location visible for the majority of those entitled to be present in the precinct. 

Before the voting begins the the precinct electoral committee approves by a decision the list of those its members, who will confirm with their signatures the authenticity of the ballots. If before the voting begin a member of the committee insists on the necessity of the ballots being signed by him/her, he/she is granted that opportunity. In such cases the decision of the committee is recorded without voting. 

Then the chairman of the committee checks, closes and seals the ballot box in the presence of the members of the committee and persons entitled to be present at the sessions of the committee, after which he/she hands the counted quantity of the ballots to the persons responsible for the ballots and the persons responsible for registering voters with filled in certificates of the right to vote, making a corresponding entry in the register. 

Article 31. The implementation of voting

 
Each voter registers by signing in the voters list across from his/her last name, upon presenting the passport or other proof of identity. 

The member of the committee responsible for registration signs and hands the voter the certificate of the right to vote, which is also signed by the voter. The member of the committee responsible for the ballots signs in the registered voters certificate of the right to vote, separates the corresponding coupon from the certificate and drops it in the coupon box sealed by the committee, after which hands the voter the ballot. 

The ballot is filled by the voter in the booth or room for secret ballots. 

The voter that is incapable of personally fill in in the ballot may at his/her discretion invite another person into the ballot booth or room, excluding the members of the committee and proxies. 

Except for the above-mentioned case the presence of other persons in the ballot booth or room during the filling of a ballot is prohibited. 

In the ballot of the election by the majoritarian system the voter leaves the last name of only one preferred candidate, crossing out the last names of other candidates. 

In the ballot of the election by the proportional system the voter leaves the name of only one preferred public-political organization or their bloc, crossing out the names of other public-political organization or their blocs. 

In case there is only one candidate for deputy or one public-political organization on the ballot the voter crosses out the words I agree if he/she votes against it, or crosses out the words I disagree if he/she votes for. 

The voter brings out the closed ballot from the ballot booth or room and personally drops it in the ballot box.Top

CHAPTER 8,  SUMMARIZING THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION

Article 32. The procedure of filling the summary records

of the election results at the electoral precincts

In the summary records of the election results each computed figure is entered and signed across from by those who did the computation in the order defined by the procedure for summarizing the results of the elections. 

The records of the elections by the proportional and the majoritarian system are filled separately, in the order by which the computations were done. 

Entries are made in the records about the ballot box and the box for the coupons of the certificates of the right to vote being closed and sealed until the end of the voting. 

The figures being computed and the results of the computation are declared out loud. 

The summary records of the election results are signed by the members of the precinct electoral committee who participated in the activities of the committee during the day of the voting. If any member of the committee has a special opinion regarding the process or the results of the voting, he/she makes a respective entry across from the signature, submitting his/her opinion in writing. 

Refusal of a committee member to sign the record is recorded by the committee and attached to the summary record of the election results.   

Article 33. Invalid ballots

 
The ballots are recognized as invalid if they do not correspond to the approved speci men, do not bear the stamp of the given electoral precinct and the signatures of the members of the committee selected by the committee, are voted pro for more than one candidate, are voted pro for more than one public-political organization or their bloc, in cases where there is only one candidate for deputy or one public-political organization on the ballot the voter crossed out or leaved both the words [I agree] and [I disagree], as well as those ballots that bear extra inscriptions.

The ballots that cause suspicion are voted on by the electoral committee. 
 

Article 34. The procedure of summarizing the results of voting in the electoral precincts 

 
After closing the precinct at 8PM on the day of the elections the precinct electoral committee: 
 

1) enters the number of the ballots received from the district electoral committee in the records; 

2) counts the number of unused ballots along with those incorrectly filled or returned by the voters and cancels them in the prescribed manner to rule out future use; 

3) counts: 

a) the total number of voters based on the list of voters, 

b) the number of registered voters based on the signatures, 

c) the number of unused certificates of the right to vote; 

4) opens the ballot box; 

5) in the election by the majoritarian system counts: 

a) the total number of ballots present in the ballot box, 

b) the number of ballots recognized as invalid, 

c) the number of [pro] votes given to each candidate for deputy, 

6) in the election by the proportional system counts: 

a) the total number of ballots present in the ballot box, 

b) the number of ballots recognized as invalid, 

c) the number of [pro] votes given to each list; 

The counted and registered ballots are packed separately, the packs are sealed by the stamp of the precinct electoral committee. 

The stamped records, the sealed box for the coupons of the certificates of the right to vote and packets of other election documents are sent to the superior electoral committee in the manner prescribed by the Central Electoral Commission. 
 

Article 35. Summarizing the results of voting in the electoral districts

 
After placing the election documents received from the electoral precincts in the determined safe location and locking them up, the district electoral committee, based on the records of the precinct electoral committees, makes the following entries in the register of the district electoral committee: 

 

the total number of the ballots given to the precinct electoral committees; 
the total number of canceled ballots; 

the total number of incorrectly filled and returned ballots; 

the total number of voters; 

the total number of registered voters; 

the total number of unused certificates of the right to vote, by precincts; 

the total number of the ballots in the ballot boxes; 

the total number of ballots recognized as invalid; 

the total number of votes in favor of each candidate for deputy; 

the total number of votes in favor of each public-political organization or their bloc; 
computes and enters the number by the precinct of the certificates in the boxes for the certificates of the right to vote. After the count the certificates are packed and sealed by the stamp of the district electoral committee. 

The data in the register is confirmed by a vote of the district electoral committee, then signed and stamped. 

The records of the district electoral committee, along with copies of the records of each of the [constituent] precinct electoral committees, are sent to the Central Electoral Commission in the prescribed manner. 

 

Article 36. The rendition of the results of the elections

 
In order to distribute the mandates according to the lists and determine the deputies elected by the proportional system, the Central Electoral Commission, based on the records received from the electoral committees, renders: 

 

the total number of voters; the total number of registered voters; 

the total number of the certificates in the boxes for the certificates of the right to vote; 

the total number of the ballots in the ballot boxes; 

the total number of the ballots recognized as invalid; 

the total number of voters (valid votes) in favor or against each public-political organization or their bloc; 

the total number of votes in favor of each list; 

the total number of votes in favor of all public-political organization or their blocs; 
the total number of votes in favor of those public-political organization or their blocs

that received at least 5% of the total number of valid votes; 

the effect of the inconsistencies in the numbers in the records on the result of the elections. 
 

The Central Electoral Commission discusses the complaints received concerning the implementation of the elections and the summarizing of their results, if necessary, organizes inspections in a manner prescribed by itself. 

 

Article 37. Recognizing the elections invalid

 
The Central Electoral Commission recognizes the elections invalid in certain precincts or districts if: 

 

1) the candidate for deputy is changed or is not elected due to inconsistencies in the figures entered in the records of the electoral committees, or in accordance with facts confirmed by inspections, or, in the elections by the majoritarian system, passes to second round of voting and it is not possible to reconstruct the real result of the elections and thus determine the elected candidate; 

2) violations of this law were made during the preparation and implementation of the elections that prevented the exercise of the equal direct free election right in a secret ballot. 
 

The decision of the Central Electoral Commission regarding the results of the elections may be appealed within 10 days at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Armenia, the decision of the latter is final. 

 

Article 38. Summarizing the results of the elections by the majoritarian system

 
The Central Electoral Commission passes a decision on the election of a deputy to the National Assembly from the electoral district. 

The candidate receiving the majority of votes in his/her favor, but no less than 25 % of the valid votes is considered elected in the first round. 

If two candidates run in the first round and neither receives over 25% of the valid votes, the elections in that district are considered not to have taken place and the districts mandate remains unfilled. 

If more than two candidates run in the first round and none is elected, a second round is carried out between the first and second candidates with the most votes in their favor, and the one getting in it the most votes in his/her favor is considered elected. 

If only one candidate runs in any round of the elections, he/she is considered elected by receiving over 50% of the valid votes. 

 

Article 39. Summarizing the results of the elections by the proportional system

 
The mandates are distributed only between the lists that received at least 5% in their favor from the valid votes. 

The mandates allocated for the elections by the proportional system (40 for the regular elections) are distributed between the public-political organization or their blocs in proportion with the votes in their favor received. 

The computation of the share of the mandates for each public-political organization or their bloc is done in the following manner: the number of votes in favor of each list is multiplied by the number of mandates allocated to the lists, the resulting number is divided by the total number of votes in favor of all lists that got at least 5% of the valid votes, the resulting respective integer values of the quotients represent the number of the mandates received by each list. The remaining mandates are distributed between the lists according to the descending value of the remainders of the computation, one remaining mandate to each. In case the remainders are equal, the disputed mandate is given to the list with the most votes in its favor, if those are equal, the decision is made by random selection. 

The candidate is considered elected if his/her number in the list is less or equal to the number of mandates received by that list. 

The mandate of the candidate elected by the proportional system is given to the next candidate in the list if he/she was also elected by the majoritarian system. If the candidate has to participate in the second round of elections by the majoritarian system, the issue of his/her mandate is resolved after receiving the results of the second round. 

The issue of the mandates not distributed due to the recognition of the elections as partially invalid is resolved after receiving the results of re-voting. 

The mandates due to the public-political organizations or their bloc which received more mandates than the number of candidates registered on the list, and also the mandates not distributed in the results of general elections are distributed upon the results of by-elections.   

Article 40. Summarizing the results of the elections by the proportional system in case the elections are recognized as partially invalid

 
If the elections were recognized as invalid in a electoral precinct by a decision of the Central Electoral Commission, the results are summarized in the following manner: 
 

1) the lists receiving in their favor at least 5% of the valid votes are determined, for which: 
 

the votes in favor received by each list in the precinct where the elections were recognized as invalid are neglected; 

when computing the total number of valid votes the number of valid votes in the precincts where the elections were recognized as invalid is substituted by the total number of votes in the lists of the voters of those precincts; 

 

2) the lists retaining the possibility of getting at least 5% of the votes in their favor are determined, excluding the lists referred to in point 1 of this Article, for which in computing the total number of votes in favor of each list the number of votes in their favor in the precincts where the elections were recognized as invalid is substituted by the total number of votes in the lists of the voters of those precincts, and in computing the total number of valid votes the number of valid votes in the precincts where the elections were recognized as invalid is substituted by the total number of votes in the lists of the voters of those precincts.

Until the summarization of the results of the re-voting, the computation of the number of the mandates for each list is dome in the prescribed manner, whence: 
in computing the total number of votes in favor of each list, the number of votes received in favor of that list in the precincts where the elections were recognized as invalid is neglected; 

the number of votes in favor of all lists that received at least 5% of valid votes is substituted by the total number of votes in favor that were received or could have been received by all public-political organizations or their blocs that received or retained the possibility to receive at least 5% of votes in their favor, and when computing this in the precincts where the elections were recognized as invalid instead of computing the total of votes in favor of all of them the total number of votes in the lists of the voters of those precincts is counted; mandates are not given to the lists retaining the possibility of receiving at least 5% of the votes in their favor; 
the mandates due to the lists of public-political organizations or their blocs that received at least 5% of the valid votes in their favor computed in accordance with the provisions of this Article are distributed in the prescribed manner, but no mandates are distributed according to the value of the remainders. 

 

The computation of the number of mandates due to each list after the re-voting is done in the prescribed manner, where the numbers computed for the case when the elections were recognized as partially invalid are substituted by the corresponding numbers obtained from the re-voting and the unclaimed mandates are respectively allocated to the lists of public-political organizations or their blocs, thus completing the number of mandates due to them. 

 

Article 41. The registration of the deputies to the National Assembly

 
The publication of the election results The results of the elections are summarized no later than within 10 days from the day of the elections. 

Irrespective of all possible outcomes of the re-voting to be carried out in the districts or precincts where the elections were recognized as invalid, the Central Electoral Commission registers the elected deputies to the National Assembly and, immediately upon expiry of the powers of the preceding National Assembly, issues them certificates of a deputy to the National Assembly. 

The official memorandums on the results of the elections are published in the manner prescribed by the Central Electoral Commission. 

 

Article 42. The premature termination of the powers 

of a deputy to the National Assembly

The powers of the deputy to the National Assembly may be terminated prematurely by a decision of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Armenia, if:   

1) the Supreme Court has recognized the elections as invalid within one month based this law or on complaints about the results of the elections; 

2) a verdict by the Supreme Court of his/her confinement is empowered; 

3) the operation of the public-political organization that had nominated the deputy by the proportional system is banned in the procedure prescribed by law, and the deputy is a member of that public-political organization at the time of the ban. 
 

The powers of the deputy to the National Assembly are considered prematurely terminated in the event of his/her death.Top

 

CHAPTER 9,  ADDITIONAL VOTING

 

Article 43. Re-voting

 
In case the elections are recognized as partially invalid, within two weeks following the summarizing of the results of the elections in the electoral districts or precincts, a re-voting is assigned to be carried out with the same registered candidates for deputies, less the candidates recalled or withdrawn since the assignment of re-voting, within the provisions of this law. 

Respectively, re-votings by the proportional or majoritarian system are not carried out in those precincts, where the results of the re-votings can not influence the results of the respective elections.

Article 44. Repeat votings

 
Repeat votings for the elections by the majoritarian system are carried out in the electoral district within two weeks following the summarizing of the results of the elections, within the provisions of this law. The candidate for deputy running in the repeat voting can not be recalled or withdrawn with the exception of his/her death.Top

 

 

CHAPTER 10,  REGULAR ELECTIONS

 

Article 45. The procedure and intervals of assigning and carrying out regular elections

 
The regular elections are assigned 4 months prior to the expiration date of the powers of the National Assembly.

 

The elections are carried out no later than on the day of the expiration of the powers of the National Assembly. 

The regular elections are prepared and implemented in the manner prescribed by this law.   

Article 46. The timeframe for forming the electoral committees

 
The Central Electoral Commission is formed at least 80 days prior to the date of the regular elections. 

The district electoral committees are formed at least 60 days prior to the date of the regular elections. 

The precinct electoral committees are formed at least 30 days prior to the date of the regular elections. 

Article 47. The timeframe for forming electoral districts and precincts

 
The division of the territory of the Republic of Armenia into electoral districts is done at least 70 days prior to the date of the regular elections. 

The division of the electoral districts into electoral precincts is done at least 40 days prior to the date of the regular elections. 

Article 48. The timeframe for nominating and registering the candidates for deputies

 
The nomination of the the candidates for deputies begins no sooner than 60 days prior to the day of the elections and is terminated 40 days prior to the day of the elections at 6 PM. 

The applications for participating in the elections by the proportional system are submitted by the public-political organizations or their blocs at least 75 days prior to the day of the elections. 

The registration of the candidates for deputies terminates 25 days prior to the day of the elections. 

The pre-election programs may be submitted to the respective electoral committee 20 days prior to the day of the elections.Top

CHAPTER 11,  BY-ELECTIONS
 

Article 49. The assignment of by-elections

 
If the mandate due to the electoral precinct by the majoritarian system remains unclaimed in the process of the regular elections to the National Assembly or due to the premature termination of the powers of a deputy, by-elections are assigned and carried out in the respective precinct. 

By-elections by the proportional system are assigned and carried out in the republic in the event of no less than 10 vacancies in the allocation for the proportional system. 
 

Article 50. Procedure of filling according to the lists of vacancies created by the premature termination of powers of deputies elected proportionally

 
The mandate of the deputy to the National Assembly elected by the proportional system, whose powers were prematurely terminated, is given to the next candidate in the respective list within two weeks of the termination date by a decision of the Central Electoral Commission. 

If the powers of the deputy to the National Assembly were prematurely terminated based on point 3 Article 42 of this law, by-elections are assigned to fill the vacancy, provided the total number of vacancies in the National Assembly from the allocation for the elections by the proportional system is not less 10. 

By-elections are also assigned in the case when less than 2/3 of the total number of the deputies to the National Assembly are elected in the regular elections. In such cases the by-elections are assigned by a decision of the Central Electoral Commission no later than 60 and no sooner than 50 days after the day of re-voting. They are carried out in the procedure prescribed by this law and in the timeframe defined by the Central Electoral Commission.  

Article 51. The timeframe for forming electoral committees for by-elections

 
The district and precinct electoral committees can be reorganized or formed in the timeframe defined by this law for regular elections.

 

Article 52. The electoral districts and precincts of the by-elections

 
By-elections are carried out according to the electoral districts and precincts formed for the regular elections.


Article 53. Nomination and registration of candidates for deputies in the by- elections

 
By-elections are carried out with new nominations of the candidates for deputies. 

The nomination of candidates or lists of public-political organizations or their blocs is done according to the procedure defined for regular elections. 

The list of candidates nominated for previous elections by a public-political organization or their bloc taking part in the by-elections by the proportional system is voided.   

Article 54. The procedure and timeframe of carrying out by-elections

 
The voting in by-elections is carried out in the month of May or October. 

By-elections are carried out in the procedure prescribed by this law.Top

CHAPTER 12,  THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR VIOLATING REQUIREMENTS OF THE LAW ON THE ELECTION OF THE DEPUTIES TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
 

Article 55. The responsibility for violating the requirements of this law

 
Persons violating the requirements of this law are held responsible in the manner prescribed by the legislation of the Republic of Armenia. 

This law is enacted from the moment of its publication. 


Levon Ter-Petrossian

President of the Republic of Armenia 

April 4, 1995

Yerevan 

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