"It’s Your Choice" Stated That "A Number Of Violations And Shortcomi

"IT’S YOUR CHOICE" STATED THAT "A NUMBER OF VIOLATIONS AND SHORTCOMINGS CAST A SHADOW ON OUR EXPECTATIONS CONCERNING DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS"

Mediamax
February 21, 2008

Yerevan /Mediamax/. "It’s Your Choice" NGO, over 4 thousand
representatives of which were carrying out observation over the
presidential elections in Armenia, stated today that "a number
of violations and shortcomings cast a shadow on our expectations
concerning democratic elections".

Mediamax reports that the Chairman of "It’s Your Choice" Harutiun
Hambardzumian admitted that in a considerable part of the polling
stations peaceful atmosphere was ruling and legality was observed
while voting and the vote count.

At the same time, he noted, on the day of elections, certain tenseness
was noticeable. "Certain incidents were conditioned by the inadmissible
manifestations of intolerance in the process of the non-civilized
pre-election campaign", Hambardzumian stated.

"It’s Your Choice" gave positive assessment to the operative manner
of information provision on the vote count by CEC, as well as the
actions, taken up by law-enforcement bodies, in connection with the
registered violations.

The report of the organization notes the fact of procedural violations
while realizing the voting and the vote count, gathering of electors
in polling stations, violation of the right of proxies and media
representatives, the problems with the electors’ lists.

Harutiun Hambardzumian stated that the fixed violations and
shortcomings are a result of "insufficient electoral culture and
defective measures for publishing the infringers".

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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