20/02/2008
Election observation
Armenian election mostly in line with commitments, but improvements necessary

Strasbourg, 20.02.2008 – Yesterday’s presidential election in Armenia was conducted mostly in line with the country’s international commitments, although further improvements are necessary to address remaining challenges, the International Election Observation Mission said in a statement published today.

 

The observers found that the Armenian authorities made genuine efforts to address shortcomings noted in previous elections. But there is a need for further improvements and political will to tackle concerns such as the lack of public confidence in the electoral process and the absence of a clear separation between State and party functions. The conduct of the count did not contribute to reducing suspicions among stakeholders.

 

“While we noted improvements in the framework for these elections, problems with its implementation, especially during the vote count, in some cases undermined the trust of the people,” said John Prescott, the head of the PACE delegation. “In the end, the final choice lies in the hands of the Armenian people. Therefore, its trust in the electoral process is crucial to genuine democracy.”

 

Close to 400 observers, including some 75 parliamentarians, monitored the elections for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA), and the European Parliament (EP).

 

Link to the full statement

 

For further information contact:

Nathalie Bargellini, PACE Communication Unit,
mobile: +33 6 65 40 32 82,
e-mail:
nathalie.bargellini@coe.int

 

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