13:36:59 - 01/06/2009

The office of the Human Rights Defender of Armenia issued a statement,
which runs that on May 31, in connection with the Yerevan Mayor
election, the Yerevan office of the Human Rights Defender got more
than a decade of complaints concerning the following problems.

- People are taken to the polling stations by mini-buses and are
instructed to vote for this or some other candidate.

- People are taken to Yerevan from Gyumri, Vanadzor and other cities
to vote in the election - The principle of secrecy of the election
has been broken at a number of polling stations - Work of journalists
is impeded, as well as cases of violence against the reporters are

The Armenian Human Rights Defender is ready to examine the electoral
breaches in the framework of his power. The Human Rights Defender
condemns the violence against reporters and calls on the relevant
bodies to take up necessary measures to punish those responsible.