Preparing Snap Elections

 

Փոխվարչապետ Տիգրան Ավինյանը հրապարակել է «Իմ քայլը» դաշինքի առաջին տասնյակը:
/Nov 13/Verelq.am/

Այն հետևյալ տեսքն ունի.

1. Նիկոլ Փաշինյան
2. Արարատ Միրզոյան
3. Լենա Նազարյան
4. Տիգրան Ավինյան
5. Արայիկ Հարությունյան
6. Ալեն Սիմոնյան
7. Սասուն Միքայելյան
8. Լիլիթ Մակունց
9. Սուրեն Պապիկյան
10. Զարուհի Բաթոյան

 

OSCE ODIHR election observation mission chief in Armenia for snap poll.
/Nov 13/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN, – Observers from OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) are in Armenia to observe the upcoming December 9 early election of parliament.

Ambassador Urszula Gacek, Head of the ODIHR election observation mission, told a news conference in Yerevan that they don’t have any preliminary stance regarding the results of the election.

“We are here not to criticize, but to observe,” she said. “We don’t have any political agenda, we are here to observe the electoral process. We will follow the same standards that we use during elections in any OSCE country,” Gacek said.

Gacek said that the observation mission is aware that the parliament has not adopted the electoral code amendments. “We will deal with the law that is currently in force. Our team doesn’t have any predictions. We will work with open ears and eyes and we will document whatever we will see,” she said.

Gacek said that 13 observers have arrived to Armenia Sunday, and another 24 long-term observers will join them.

“Few days ahead of the election another 250 observers will join us and will participate in the electoral process,” she said, adding that representatives of the OSCE PA, Council of Europe and MEPs will also be included in the mission.

“All of us will together build a big international observation mission,” the ambassador said.

Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan resigned on October 16 to trigger the process of disbanding the parliament.

Pashinyan took office after massive protests in April forced president-turned PM Serzh Sargsyan to resign. But Sargsyan’s Republican Party (HHK) still has most seats in the 105-seat parliament. Since taking office, Nikol Pashinyan has numerously said that the incumbent parliament doesn’t represent the people and that early elections should take place as soon as possible.

In accordance to the Constitution, when a Prime Minister resigns the parliament must elect a new PM within two weeks. Lawmakers deliberately failed to elect a new PM as a formality in order to pave the way for dissolution.

The last round took place on November 1 and the parliament was dissolved by virtue of law.

Later on the same day, President Armen Sarkissian signed an order on dissolving the parliament and calling early elections on December 9.

The parliament will function until the new parliament is elected.

The government is formally a caretaker government until a new government is formed after the election.
 

OSCE/ODIHR mission to choose polling stations randomly for monitoring
/Nov 13/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – There is no accepted standard in terms of how long the campaign of political parties ahead of elections should last, Ambassador Urszula Gacek, Head of the OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission said in Yerevan, when asked by a reporter whether 12 days are enough for campaigning.

She said that the process is organized differently in different countries.

“We know that the official campaigning will last 12 days in Armenia, but there are also certain events which aren’t banned to be organized before the launch of campaigning,” she said.

According to Gacek, the observation mission chooses polling stations for monitoring randomly.

Observers from OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) are in Armenia to observe the upcoming December 9 early election of parliament.

Ambassador Urszula Gacek, Head of the ODIHR election observation mission, told a news conference in Yerevan that they don’t have any preliminary stance regarding the results of the election.

“We are here not to criticize, but to observe,” she said. “We don’t have any political agenda, we are here to observe the electoral process. We will follow the same standards that we use during elections in any OSCE country,” Gacek said.

Gacek said that the observation mission is aware that the parliament has not adopted the electoral code amendments. “We will deal with the law that is currently in force. Our team doesn’t have any predictions. We will work with open ears and eyes and we will document whatever we will see,” she said.

Gacek said that 13 observers have arrived to Armenia Sunday, and another 24 long-term observers will join them.

“Few days ahead of the election another 250 observers will join us and will participate in the electoral process,” she said, adding that representatives of the OSCE PA, Council of Europe and MEPs will also be included in the mission.

“All of us will together build a big international observation mission,” the ambassador said.

Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan resigned on October 16 to trigger the process of disbanding the parliament.

Pashinyan took office after massive protests in April forced president-turned PM Serzh Sargsyan to resign. But Sargsyan’s Republican Party (HHK) still has most seats in the 105-seat parliament. Since taking office, Nikol Pashinyan has numerously said that the incumbent parliament doesn’t represent the people and that early elections should take place as soon as possible.

In accordance to the Constitution, when a Prime Minister resigns the parliament must elect a new PM within two weeks. Lawmakers deliberately failed to elect a new PM as a formality in order to pave the way for dissolution.

The last round took place on November 1 and the parliament was dissolved by virtue of law.

Later on the same day, President Armen Sarkissian signed an order on dissolving the parliament and calling early elections on December 9.

The parliament will function until the new parliament is elected.

The government is formally a caretaker government until a new government is formed after the election.
 

EU, UK, Germany And Sweden To Provide Financial Assistance for Armenia Early Election
/Nov 14/Leadership Newspaper/

The European Union, the governments of Germany, UK and Sweden will provide financial support to Armenia for conducting snap parliamentary elections on December 9.

Acting Deputy PM Ararat Mirzoyan, head of the EU mission to Armenia Piotr Switalski, German Ambassador to Armenia Matthias Kiesler, UK Ambassador to Armenia Judith Farnworth, Swedish Charge d’affaires, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia Shombi Sharp signed a document to formally announce the launch of the UNDP program of support for the electoral processes in Armenia.

The project is targeted at helping Armenia in holding reliable and transperent election, and to strengthen the capabilities of Armenia’s electoral bodies.

The project is funded by the Armenian government, the EU, the governments of Germany, UK and Sweden – $0.7 million, 1.5 million euros, 0.7 million euros, 0.5 million pounds and 1.5 million Swedish kronas respectively.

The project targets the following key areas: to ensure the use of voter identification devices introduced in the 2017 elections, live broadcasting from polling stations and the count of votes on the polling day by placing web cameras at around 1,500 polling stations, improving the voter registration process and informing the voters, facilitate the development of new training modules and support the Central Electoral Commission in updating existing training manuals raising awareness of women and young voters about the process.

The Armenian government has addressed the European countries for help.


11 political forces have submitted applications for participation in early parliamentary elections
/Nov 14 /ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – 11 political forces have submitted applications to the Central Electoral Commission for participation in early parliamentary elections, ARMENPRESS reports CEC Vice President Armen Smbatyan told the reporters.

Armen Smbatyan said that "My Step" Bloc, Prosperous Armenia Party, ARF Dashnaktsutyun, "Bright Armenia" Party, RPA, "We" Bloc, "National Progress" Party, Christian-People's Revival party, Sasna Tsrer Party, Rule of Law Party, Social-Democratic Party "Citizen's Decision" have applied.

Armen Smbatyan assured that he CEC is fully ready to hold the December 9 elections at a proper level.
 

Over 200 OSCE observers to monitor parliamentary elections in Armenia
/Nov 13/ITAR-TASS, Russia/

YEREVAN – A group of more than 200 observers from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will monitor the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Armenia, scheduled for early December, head of OSCE's ODIHR, Urszula Gacek, said on Tuesday.

"A broad monitoring mission is planned, which will consist of 13 people in a core team, 20 long-term observers and 200 observes, who will be involved on Election Day," Gacek told Tigran Mukuchyan, Chairman of the Armenian Central Election Commission.

Armenia’s early parliamentary elections are set to take place on December 9. The Civil Contract Party, led by acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikola Pashinyan, will run in the election as part of the My Step block, which he will head. As for the formerly ruling Republican Party of Armenia, the country's ex-Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan has been nominated as its chief candidate.
 

Voting process in 1500 polling stations out of 2010 to be live broadcasted during Armenia’s early parliamentary elections
/Nov 15/ArmenPress.am/hare

YEREVAN – Voting process in 1500 polling stations out of 2010 will be live broadcasted during Armenia’s early parliamentary elections on December 9, the decision was made by the Central Electoral Commission in an extraordinary session on November 15.

“Today the CEC received a note from the acting First Deputy PM of Armenia, proposing the CEC to make a decision on allowing the UCOM LLC to carry out video-recording at the polling stations of the voting process and counting and broadcast it live”, CEC President Tigran Mukuchyan said, adding that cameras will be installed in 1500 polling stations.

Mukuchyan told ARMENPRESS that the fact that the other 500 polling stations will not be equipped with cameras is a technical issue, but also emphasized that over 90% of the voters will vote at the 1500 polling stations equipped with cameras.

Early parliamentary elections will be held on December 9. Electoral campaign will kick off on November 26.
 

Number of ministers to be reduced – Armenia’s acting PM
/Nov 20/168.am/

Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan says the government’s composition will change.

During today’s press conference with reporters, Pashinyan said there will not be 17 ministers after the upcoming parliamentary elections. “Today we have 17 ministers, but their number will be reduced after the elections. There also will be changes in terms of functions of the ministers, the level of responsibility will expand”, he said.

He emphasized that it is necessary to assess the government’s activity according to the set tasks. “We have a situation. I don’t know whether it is unprecedented or not, in any case it is unprecedented in terms of a very visible past when the political force, the political team or the political figure fulfills all duties before the public by 100%”, he said.

The acting PM assessed the government’s activity as productive, adding that the government had a task to solve and solved it. “The government’s task was to prepare for the economic revolution, moreover, I want to draw your attention on the fact that our program is a five-year program, rather than a three-month program, also in the context of the implementation of the duties assumed by the government.

And in this regard the government has fulfilled its task by 100%”, Pashinyan said, adding: “But this doesn’t mean that the government has carried out its activity without any shortcoming, this doesn’t mean that I am satisfied with the work of ministers, and that of mine. In general, I have never been and will not be satisfied with my work at any stage”.

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