Armenian Elections: International Monitors look at the bright side, leaving the Armenians to deal with the dark side.

Most of the international observers who monitored the 6 May Parliamentary elections in Armenia decided in their preliminary findings to focus on the bright side of the process, although the more serious ones also highlighted serious problems and shortcomings. Their reports paint a confused picture which reflects a flawed, but improved electoral process, and which…

There are 2,482,238 voters in Armenia, or are there?

The Armenian Police have published the number of voters on the electoral roll for the 6 May Parliamentary elections. According to the figures released to the media on 25 April there are 2,482.238 voters on the list, and eligible to vote. Some are questioning if this is right. In the sixth part of its series of…

2012 Armenian Parliamentary Elections: (4) Smaller parties may have important role if they can pass 5% threshhold

Five parties that are not part of either the governing coalition, or of the ANC opposition bloc, are also contesting the May 6 Armenian Parliamentary Elections. They need to pass the 5% threshold to secure seats in parliament. The Dashnak ARF and Heritage were represented in the previous parliament and constituted the parliamentary opposition. They both hope to…

2012 Parliamentary Elections in Armenia: (3) The choice – Levon Ter-Petrosyan hopes his four year struggle will bear results

For the last four years, Armenia’s first President, Levon Ter-Petrosyan, has led a political struggle against the current Armenian authorities, based on his challenge of the result of the 2008 Presidential election in which, according to the official result, he lost to the current incumbent Serzh Sargsyan. Ter-Petrosyan has never accepted the result and has repeatedly called for…

2012 Armenian Parliamentary Elections: (1) The Context

Armenia goes to the polls on 6th May to elect a new National Assembly (Parliament). Since regaining its independence in 1991 after the collapse of the USSR there have been several parliamentary and presidential elections in the country, but many agree that this election will define Armenia’s future in a way that none of the…