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CRIMINAL CODE OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

(as of 18 April 2003)

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Article 149. Hindrance to implementation of the right to elect, to the work of election commissions or to the implementation of the authority of the person participating in elections.

1. Hindrance to the free implementation of the citizen’s right to elect or to referendum, or hindrance to the work of the election or referendum commission, as well as, hindrance to the implementation of the authorities of the election or referendum commission or initiative group, candidate or his proxy, observers, mass media representatives, the authorized person of the party (or association of parties), is punished with a fine in the amount of 200 to 400 minimal salaries, or 120-180 hours of public labor, arrest for up to 1 month.

2. The same actions:

1) committed with threat to property,

2) with financial incentive,

3) accompanied with violence or threats to use violence,

4) committed by abuse of official position,

5) committed by a group.

are punished with imprisonment for up to 5 years.

Article 150. Forgery of election or voting results.

Obviously incorrect counting of ballots during a referendum or election, or obviously incorrect approval of referendum or election results, theft of the ballot box, as well as forgery of elections or voting in some other way, is punished with imprisonment for 2  to 5 years.

Article 151. Dissemination of libelous information about a candidate, a party (association of parties) during elections.

Dissemination of libelous information about a candidate, a party (association of parties) during elections in order to mislead the voters, is punished with a fine in the amount of 300 to 500 minimal salaries, or with imprisonment for the term of up to 5 years.

Article 152. Breach of the procedure for compilation of voters lists.

Forgery through the breach of the procedure of compilation of voters list by the official in charge of the compilation of the voters lists, is punished with a fine in the amount of up to 500 minimal salaries, or arrest for up to 1 month, or imprisonment for up to 1 year, with deprivation of  the right to hold certain posts or practice certain activities for up to 2 years.

Article 153. Voting more than once or instead of another person.

Voting more than once or instead of another person by submitting false data, documents or otherwise, is punished with a fine in the amount of 500 minimal salaries, or arrest for up to 1 month, of imprisonment for up to 1 year.

Article 154. Breaching the confidentiality of ballot.

Forcing the voter to divulge the results of the ballot, checking the ballot list to reveal the results of the vote, entering the ballot booth (room) as well as breaching the confidentiality of the voting otherwise, is imprisoned with a fine in the amount of 200 to 500 minimal salaries, or arrest for 1–2  months, or imprisonment for up to 2 years.

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