Yerevan Vote 2013: Second, third finishers set to pick up seats in Council of Elders

May 7, 2013 Leave a comment

The second and third finishers in the May 5 elections to Yerevan’s Council of Elders – the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) and the Hello Yerevan bloc, are mostly unlikely to refuse to pick up their mandates in the 65-member body to be dominated by the big winner of the day, the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA). At least, no such hints were made by representatives of either force the day after the elections.

The PAP, which according to the preliminary results published by the Central Election Commission, came in a distant second with 23.8 percent of the vote (in contrast to the RPA’s nearly 56-percent tally) kept silence for most of the day on Monday, issuing a statement only closer to the evening. In its statement, the PAP, in fact, stopped short of making an assessment of the vote proper.

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Local Observers Slam ‘Disgraceful=?UTF-8?B?4oCZIA==?=Vote

May 6, 2013 Leave a comment

Leading Armenian civic organizations described the mayoral elections in Yerevan as undemocratic on Monday, alleging widespread vote buying, multiple voting and other irregularities that benefited the ruling Republican Party (HHK).

The independent groups deployed hundreds of observers in polling stations across the capital on election day.

“Our joint assessment is that these elections absolutely did not meet democratic standards,” Avetik Ishkhanian of the Armenian Helsinki Committee told a joint news conference of their leaders.

“Once again we had disgraceful elections. We keep getting surprised with how diverse election violations can be,” said Sona Ayvazian, deputy director of the Anti-Corruption Center (ACC), the Armenian affiliate of the Berlin-based Transparency International.

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Sarkisian=?UTF-8?B?4oCZ?=s Party Says Yerevan Election Win Legitimate

May 6, 2013 Leave a comment

The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) insisted on Monday that it has received a popular mandate to govern Yerevan for another four years amid allegations of vote rigging made by the country’s main established opposition forces.

Preliminary full results of Sunday’s municipal elections released by the Central Election Commission (CEC) in the morning confirmed the HHK’s landslide victory, giving it almost 56 percent of the vote and 42 seats in Yerevan’s 65-member municipal council. The comfortable majority will enable the party to reappoint Taron Markarian, the city’s incumbent Republican mayor.

Eduard Sharmazanov, the HHK spokesman, said the ruling party expected the victory. “All we can do now is to ensure that the Yerevan municipality led by Taron Markarian performs better in order to live up to the expectations of city residents,” he told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am).

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Orinats Yerkir congratulates City Council election winners, signals violations

May 6, 2013 Leave a comment

A junior member of the current governing coalition, Orinats Yerkir, which failed to clear the hurdle in the Sunday elections to the Yerevan City Council, has congratulated the three forces that did overcome the threshold, including the main ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA).

According to the preliminary results published by the Central Election Commission on Monday, the RPA won the elections with nearly 56 percent of the vote, followed by the Prosperous Armenia Party (about 23 percent) and the Hello Yerevan opposition bloc (about) 8.5 percent.

The opposition Armenian National Congress, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), Orinats Yerkir and the Mission party could not gather enough votes to overcome the six-percent barrier.

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Yerevan Municipal Elections Over; Long Live Democracy in Armenia

May 6, 2013 Leave a comment

13:03, May 6, 2013

By Christian Garbis

The Yerevan municipal elections were held on May 5, complete with reported violations and harassmentand subsequent criticisms.

The ruling Republican Party of Armenia secured 58 percent of the vote and thus will determine the next mayor of Yerevan, who’s most definitely incumbent Taron Markarian. Prosperous Armenia Party and the Barev Yerevan movement garnered 20 percent and 8.7 percent, respectively. Voter turnout was 53.5 percent. All other opposition parties/ blocks were shut out.

Many political parties that are in opposition to the government or still on the fence were putting their faith in these elections, hoping that democracy would work in their favor this time around and system-wide reform would begin in Yerevan. Onlookers from thousands of miles away will be eager to see the election results and make their judgments about political successes and failures accordingly.

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End of election cycle: Are there new coalitions on the Armenian horizon?

May 6, 2013 Leave a comment

The Sunday elections to Yerevan’s Council of Elders marked the end of another election cycle in Armenia that started a year ago with the legislative polls and continued in February of this year with the presidential ballot.

The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) did extremely well in all of the three ballots amid criticism that all of the votes were heavily rigged in favor of the establishment force and its candidate.

The May 5 elections through which the new authorities of Yerevan will be formed was not an exception.

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Police penalize offenders after ‘illegal=?UTF-8?B?4oCZ?= fireworks after city elections

May 6, 2013 Leave a comment

The Armenian Police have penalized several offenders, promising to track down and impose administrative fines on all others who organized fireworks in several communities of Yerevan after the Sunday municipal elections.

In a statement released today the Police warned that making fireworks in the period from 11 pm to 7 am is unlawful under law and is punishable under the code of administrative violations.

The Police said at this moment three citizens who violated “the rules of communal life” have already been penalized. “Efforts continue to track down and penalize the other offenders,” said the Police, giving assurances that all offenders will eventually be called to account.

Source: Armenia NowOriginial Article

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