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EU promotes democratic elections in Armenia

23 October 2012
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The interim results of a joint project of the European Union and OSCE, aimed at supporting democratic general elections in Armenia in 2012 and 2013, were presented on 22 October in Yerevan. During a press conference, the Head of the EU delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, and the Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, Ambassador Andrei Sorokin, presented the results of the first phase of the joint project and introduced the upcoming activities. The ultimate objective of the project is to provide all-round assistance to improve the efficiency of election administration and to raise transparency of the electoral processes in line with international standards. The project is carried out in two phases: the first one covered assistance for the parliamentary elections during the Parliamentary elections in May 2012; the second phase focuses on support for the presidential elections in 2013.

Speaking about the first phase of the project, implemented from February-July 2012, Andrei Sorokin underlined that the joint project had stipulated very positive results, as they had successfully cooperated with various institutes and civil society organisations. He went on to say that the project had many levels: technical assistance to the CEC (central electoral commission) and the Police for secure data management and voter registration systems;, training sessions for Precinct electoral commission (PEC) members to enhance knowledge of the precinct officials accredited by the CEC; support to the Human Rights Defender’s office in enhancing its capacities to respond to and address election-related human rights violations. ‘Besides cooperating with governmental structures, one of the primary goals of our work was collaboration with active civil society, especially encompassing young people in the electoral process. We are sure that public surveillance of the elections is one of the most important preconditions for transparency and social responsibility of respective organs’ said Sorokin.

Ambassador Traian Hristea indicated that free and fair elections are an important prerequisite for progress in EU-Armenia relations. “The conduct of elections is a test of successful reforms in Armenia, closely monitored by the EU. It also determines the “more to more” principle, from which Armenia has already benefited’, he noted. Both Hristea and Sorokin stressed that there were noticeable improvements in the elections they had observed in May, but that many more improvements were necessary.

The EU and OSCE “Support to two electoral cycles in Armenia” joint project was launched in Armenia in February 2012 with EU financial assistance to the amount of €1,704,237.

EU promotes democratic elections in Armenia

The interim results of a joint project of the European Union and OSCE, aimed at supporting democratic general elections in Armenia in 2012 and 2013, were presented on 22 October in Yerevan. During a press conference, the Head of the EU delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, and the Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, Ambassador Andrei Sorokin, presented the results of the first phase of the joint project and introduced the upcoming activities. The ultimate objective of the project is to provide all-round assistance to improve the efficiency of election administration and to raise transparency of the electoral processes in line with international standards. The project is carried out in two phases: the first one covered assistance for the parliamentary elections during the Parliamentary elections in May 2012; the second phase focuses on support for the presidential elections in 2013. Speaking about the first phase of the project, implemented from February-July 2012, Andrei Sorokin underlined that the joint project had stipulated very positive results, as they had successfully cooperated with various institutes and civil society organisations. He went on to say that the project had many levels: technical assistance to the CEC (central electoral commission) and the Police for secure data management and voter registration systems;, training sessions for Precinct electoral commission (PEC) members to enhance knowledge of the precinct officials accredited by the CEC; support to the Human Rights Defender’s office in enhancing its capacities to respond to and address election-related human rights violations. ‘Besides cooperating with governmental structures, one of the primary goals of our work was collaboration with active civil society, especially encompassing young people in the electoral process. We are sure that public surveillance of the elections is one of the most important preconditions for transparency and social responsibility of respective organs’ said Sorokin. Ambassador Traian Hristea indicated that free and fair elections are an important prerequisite for progress in EU-Armenia relations. "The conduct of elections is a test of successful reforms in Armenia, closely monitored by the EU. It also determines the “more to more” principle, from which Armenia has already benefited’, he noted. Both Hristea and Sorokin stressed that there were noticeable improvements in the elections they had observed in May, but that many more improvements were necessary. The EU and OSCE “Support to two electoral cycles in Armenia” joint project was launched in Armenia in February 2012 with EU financial assistance to the amount of €1,704,237.