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EU supports electoral reforms in Armenia

5 November 2013

On 7-8 October a conference took place in Tsakhkadzor, entitled “Assessing Performance of Elections stakeholders”. The conference was attended by institutions involved in the electoral process: representatives from the Armenian Police, the Prosecutor General’s Office, NGOs, electoral commissions, and representatives of political parties.
The conference’s objective was to give participants in electoral processes the opportunity to analyse processes, assess their roles in them, discuss the positive and negative aspects of electoral processes, and take steps to prevent future violations.
The conference was organised by the OSCE Office in Yerevan within the framework of the OSCE’s project to support to two cycles of national elections in Armenia, in close collaboration with Counterpart International–Armenia. The EU has committed€1.7 million to the project’s budget.
The Head of the Presidential Administration, Vigen Sargsyan, the Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, Ambassador Andrey Sorokin, and the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea gave positive assessments of electoral processes in Armenia during their welcoming speeches.
‘I hope that the conclusions made at this conference will give us valuable lessons for further operations and electoral reforms. Progress is impossible if we do not learn from past lessons,’ said Ambassador Hristea. He then stressed that the EU would continue to support Armenia in improving its electoral system.

The president of the “Electoral Democracy Centre” NGO, Agasi Yesayan, noted inflated voter lists and the fact that the police had failed to spot over-registration for single apartments as major flaws in the process. He then stressed positive developments: falling violence at polling stations, active media and more equal coverage of candidates’ electoral campaigns. Yesayan concluded by identifying three persistent problems: the abuse of administrative resources, false registration of voter lists, and the distribution of electoral bribes.

The conference agenda was then prepared based on these three topics. Participants emphasised the importance of holding such conferences, since a referendum on constitutional reforms is expected in Armenia in near future.

EU supports electoral reforms in Armenia

On 7-8 October a conference took place in Tsakhkadzor, entitled “Assessing Performance of Elections stakeholders”. The conference was attended by institutions involved in the electoral process: representatives from the Armenian Police, the Prosecutor General’s Office, NGOs, electoral commissions, and representatives of political parties. The conference’s objective was to give participants in electoral processes the opportunity to analyse processes, assess their roles in them, discuss the positive and negative aspects of electoral processes, and take steps to prevent future violations. The conference was organised by the OSCE Office in Yerevan within the framework of the OSCE’s project to support to two cycles of national elections in Armenia, in close collaboration with Counterpart International–Armenia. The EU has committed€1.7 million to the project’s budget. The Head of the Presidential Administration, Vigen Sargsyan, the Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, Ambassador Andrey Sorokin, and the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea gave positive assessments of electoral processes in Armenia during their welcoming speeches. ‘I hope that the conclusions made at this conference will give us valuable lessons for further operations and electoral reforms. Progress is impossible if we do not learn from past lessons,’ said Ambassador Hristea. He then stressed that the EU would continue to support Armenia in improving its electoral system. The president of the “Electoral Democracy Centre” NGO, Agasi Yesayan, noted inflated voter lists and the fact that the police had failed to spot over-registration for single apartments as major flaws in the process. He then stressed positive developments: falling violence at polling stations, active media and more equal coverage of candidates’ electoral campaigns. Yesayan concluded by identifying three persistent problems: the abuse of administrative resources, false registration of voter lists, and the distribution of electoral bribes. The conference agenda was then prepared based on these three topics. Participants emphasised the importance of holding such conferences, since a referendum on constitutional reforms is expected in Armenia in near future.