Presidential Elections 2008 In Armenia
Posted 13 June 2008 - 10:29 PM
[03:07 pm] 13 June, 2008
On June 13 the Court of General Jurisdiction of Shirak Marz found Ashot Zakarian, Petros Makeyan and Shota Saghatelian guilty under Article 2 of the RoA Criminal Court / “Interference in the fulfillment of the right to vote, in the activities of election commissions or in the duties of the persons participating in the election/.
The court sentenced Makeyan to 3 years’ and the other two to 2.6 years’ imprisonment.
The court decided to put Shota Saghatelian on probation for two years, and set him free from the courtroom in accordance with Article 70 of the Criminal Code.
Posted 13 June 2008 - 10:40 PM
[04:26 pm] 13 June, 2008
Georges Colombier (France) and John Prescott (United Kingdom), the co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the monitoring of Armenia’s obligations and commitments, will arrive in Armenia on June 16.
On June 16 the co-rapporteurs will meet with the special representative of the CoE Secretary General Bojana Urumova.
At the National Assembly the co-rapporteurs will meet with NA Speaker Tigran Torossian, the head of the Armenian delegation to the PACE Davit Harutiunian and the leader of the Zharangutiun faction Raffi Hovannissian.
On the same day they will meet with Armenia’s Serzh Sarkissian, FM Edward Nalbandian, Prosecutor General Aghvan Hovsepian, Huamn Rights Ombudsman Armen Harutiunian, the members of the working group which coordinates the implementation of PACE Resolution 1609, Levon Ter-Petrossian and the attorneys of the arrested opposition activists.
On June 17 George Colombier will meet with the representatives of the non-parliamentary forces, NGOs, the wives, mothers, sisters of those arrested for the events of March 1 and 2.
At the National Assembly they will have meetings with the representatives of the political coalition and the National Assembly working group for the Election Code amendments.
On the same day the co-rapporteur will meet with the secretary of the National Security Council Arthur Baghdasarian.
A joint meeting with the coordinator of the OSCE/ODIHR monitoring group tracing people arrested after the presidential elections Dmitry Narumov, the Department of Public Relations of the National Assembly reports.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:14 AM
By David Petrosyan
February 25, 2013
The regular elections in Armenia took place on February 18 where the
incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan won a landslide victory, as it was
expected. (58.64% of the vote)
The Parliamentary opposition, in the face of the Armenian National
Congress (ANC), made a special statement after the elections. Recall
that the ANC did not put forward a candidate in this election, but
they did not boycott the elections because they did not withdraw their
representatives from the election commission. According to the
statement made on the basis of the information received from members
of the commissions on different levels, the major violations were the
- The stamp in the passports was easily erased, thus providing the
possibility of multiple voting of the same person,
- The authorities used the data of the voters that were missing
from the country, but were registered in the lists (for about 700,000
voters) for the fraud,
- A bribery of votes was organized at the national level for the
candidate at power, which is Serzh Sargsyan,
- There were cases of violence, intimidation and bribery of
members in the commissions, journalists and observers, requiring
compliance with the law,
- Obvious stuffing the ballot boxes has been noticed,
- During the vote count there were fraud outcomes in some
committees. Naturally, the final results of the elections were
As expected, the numerous international observers "did not notice" all
of the aforementioned violations and problems, and, as always,
preferred to speak about the "progress" and "step forward" in
comparison not only with the previous presidential elections, but also
with the parliamentary elections of last year. It is also evident that
the international structures are satisfied with this state of affairs
because of political and geopolitical reasons, and they do not want to
support systemic changes proposed by the parliamentary minority. These
measures are aimed at guarding against the double voting, and the
presence of 700 thousand voters in the electoral rolls that are
constantly absent from the country.
Despite our criticism of the work of the international observers, note
that the head of the observation mission OSCE/ODIHR Heidi Tagliavini
said that in terms of political competition this election was "a step
back" in comparison with the previous ones. In addition, Ms. Heidi
Tagliavini also noted the facts of bribery of voters and the presence
of non-sealed ballot boxes. This means that there is a possibility
that the final report of the observer mission will be stricter with
the reality of the electoral process in Armenia.
In view of the above, note that for the first time in the history of
the Armenian national elections one of the presidential candidates
(Andreas Ghukasyan) publicly asked for the rejection of the invitation
of observation missions of international organizations. This topic was
also voiced by the representatives of non-governmental youth
organizations of OSCE / ODIHR mission Heidi Tagliavini in a press
conference on February 19. The situation during the press conference
was so severe that the press conference was interrupted.
The question of the harsh criticism of international election
observers was raised by NGO "Center for Democracy - Bekum /Fracture."
The representative of "Bekum" Lena Nazaryan expressed her outrage that
the international observers do not get a full picture of irregularities
staying at the polls only for a few minutes, but always give a
positive assessment of the elections in Armenia. Meanwhile, the local
observers record multiple violations.
Also note that to our knowledge, this organization is not connected
with any public political power in Armenia.
It is also interesting that Andreas Ghukasyan - the candidate starving
throughout the electoral process with the slogan `Stop Fake Elections'
and demanding the removal of candidacy from S. Sargsyan, welcomed the
victory of Serzh Sargsyan and considered it absolutely honest five
years ago. He and his wife said it in an interview with "Voice of
Armenia" on February 21, 2008. Thus, according to the logic of Andreas
Ghukasyan the elections were fair and democratic five years ago while
the present elections are not.
This speaks about the fact that there are people in Armenia willing to
make publicity and, thus, get into politics not through the door but
through the window. We assume that there may be non-public political
forces behind A. Ghukasyan that will take steps to destabilize the
situation and form pseudo opposition.
The voters of Raffi Hovhannisian who came in second with 36.74% votes
have a very simple explanation: he received that part of the protest
votes who voted for the party of "Prosperous Armenia" Party, the ANC
and Dashnaktsutyun in the parliamentary elections.
As we know, none of these three political parties put forward a
candidate for the presidency and, at the same time, they did not
support any of the candidates, even at the level of statements.
After the announcement of the preliminary results of the elections,
the former Armenian Foreign Minister and his colleagues have made a
number of harsh public statements about a number of issues related to
the election campaign, the course of voting and the outcomes.
The statement made by Armen Martirosyan, the former Member of
Parliament from the "Heritage" fraction (2007-2012), about
R. Hovannisian being ready to lead the government is not quite a true
assessment of the results of the voting. He ascribes the received
votes on his personality and does not make allowance for the fact that
this was a protest vote. The statement about the fact that
R. Hovannisian is ready to take the post of head of the Government,
may be an indirect evidence that he and Serzh Sargsyan could have
indirect backstage negotiations.
However, the stated requirements by the ally of the former Foreign
Minister are too high (the parliamentary fraction "Heritage" is
composed of four members) and before starting any negotiations
R. Hovannisian has to congratulate Serzh Sargsyan, and admit his
defeat. However, this did not happen. Moreover, R. Hovannisian speaks
of his landslide victory. Despite the radical declarations about the
results of the election, we can not exclude that R. Hovannisian and
his party "Heritage" could enter the ruling coalition and receive
We emphasize the fact that the process goes against the fact that all
the main external "power centers", in contrast to previous years,
expressed satisfaction with the elections, and thus recognized the
legitimacy of S. Sargsyan.
R. Hovannisian will try to organize a series of large-scale public
protests. However, we think that he will not raise serious protest
wave, for these three reasons:
- The former Foreign Minister of Armenia has never been a serious
political fighter and has always been more inclined to compromise and
loyalty. He is also contradictory and inconsistent in key areas. In
support of this, we recall that five years ago, after a terrible
slaughter on March 1, 2008, in result of which 10 citizens of Armenia
were killed, R. Hovannisian accepted the invitation and participated
in the inauguration ceremony of S. Sargsyan,
- To raise and hold waves of protests, at least for 2-3 weeks, is
not an easy task and neither R. Hovannisian nor his associates have
this political experience
- He has no serious political allies.
As we see it, R. Hovannisian will try to establish himself as the main
opponent of President Serzh Sargsyan. But given the fact that
candidates from the PAP, the ANC and Dashnaktsutyun were not involved
in these elections, he must prove his right to lead the opposition in
the competition with these forces. The elections of May 5 of the
Council of Elders will provide such opportunity to R. Hovhannisyan,
though there is not much information available about the future
"The Noyan Tapan Highlights" N5, February 2013
David Petrosyan is a political analyst in Yerevan, Armenia, and writes
a regular weekly column in Noyan Tapan. He is also a freelancer who
collaborates with Groong, and other publications.
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