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Grisha Balasanyan

Heritage Party Bill Would Punish Those MPs Who Vote In Place of Absent Colleagues

Three Heritage Party MPs have introduced a bill in the Armenian Parliament that would discipline any MP who votes in the place of another.

Zaruhie Postanjyan, Rubik Hakobyan and Tevan Poghosyan have proposed changes to the National Assembly’s Procedural Code that they hope will minimize such voting practices and maximize transparency of what exactly takes place in the halls of the legislature.

If passed, MPs who vote in the stead of absent colleagues would be regarded as having violated procedural norms, and could be subject to a variety of disciplinary actions including being issued a warning, being removed from chambers for up to six days, and being deprived from addressing a parliament session.