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Armenia: OSCE Stands By Its Finding Of Voting Irregularities

Warsaw/Prague, 4 October 1996 (RFE/RL) -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says it stands by its claims of manipulation of election ballot counting in Armenia and will issue further documentary proof shortly.

The chairman of Armenia's Central Electoral Commission, Khachatur Bezirjian, said yesterday OSCE's final statement on the Armenian presidential elections issued earlier this week contains mathematical errors.

The OSCE statement cited 22,000 missing ballots, roughly equal to the number of votes by which the incumbent, President Levon Ter-Petrossian, won the election in the first round of balloting against three other candidates.

The Warsaw spokesman for OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Gerald Mitchell, told RFE/RL that OSCE is working on a final report on the Armenian elections that he says will be consistent with the previously released final statement. Mitchell says the report, due to be issued in the next few days, will further elaborate on how the irregularities affected the final election results.