The Special Investigation Service (SIS) probing alleged violations in last month’s disputed parliamentary by-election cited lack of proof or “body of crime” on two cases as they announced their dismissal on Thursday.
The district electoral commission in a Yerevan constituency canceled the vote outcomes in two polling stations in the January 10 by-election in which a government-backed candidate defeated jailed opposition leader Nikol Pashinian. Armenia’s main opposition rejected the vote as fraudulent.
Election officials had sent the materials regarding the reported violations in the course of the ballot to the prosecutor’s office prompting the institution of three criminal cases. Two of them are now closed.
The Office of the Prosecutor-General on Wednesday reported that one case involving a precinct election commission head accused of tampering with voter lists had been sent to court. The accused official has not been taken into custody while he awaits trial.
In reply to RFE/RL’s request for information on the other two criminal cases the SIS on Thursday said that “the investigation of the incidents that took place at polling stations N10/15 and N10/19 were discontinued”. The investigation was looking into allegations mainly concerning the obstruction of election officials’ work through violence and threat of violence and obstacles raised to voters exercising their electoral rights.