Armenian Constitutional Court upholds election result; First sitting of National Assembly scheduled for 2 August

The Constitutional Court of Armenia on Saturday (17 July) upheld the Armenian Central Electoral Commission’s (CEC) decision on the result of the 20 June Armenian parliamentary elections. This decision confirms the election result published by the CEC on 27 June, with Nikol Pashinyan’s Civil Contract taking 71 seats in the National Assembly; the ‘Armenia’ bloc, 29; and the ‘I Have Honor’ bloc, 7.

Whilst international observers generally praised the conduct of the elections, complaints challenging the result were lodged by the ‘Armenia’ and ‘I Have Honour’ blocs as well as two smaller parties that failed to enter parliament – Zartonk (Awakening) and Hayots Hayrenik (Armenian Homeland) parties, who received 0.36% and 1.3% respectively. The four complaints were merged by the Constitutional Court on the grounds that they referred to the same issue. Speaking on 17 July, the president of the Constitutional Court, Arman Dilanyan, confirmed, "This decision is final and enters into force upon publication", adding that the Court’s decision would be published on its website and delivered to the parties within three days. 

Armenpress reports that Armen Smbatyan, secretary of the CEC, confirmed today (19 July) that the first sitting of Armenia's newly elected National Assembly will be on Monday, 2 August.


source: with Armenpress (Yerevan) and agencies
photo: The Armenian Constitutional Court, Yerevan (archive); Ben Men Lyun