4+4+4: Opposition, government still divided over electoral bill

The parliamentary elections of 2017 will continue with frauds, as provisions proposed by the opposition and civil society representatives during the 4+4+4 format were not accepted, says Deputy Director of the Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center Sona Ayvazyan.

“The authorities seem to have offered some concessions, which could have increased the public’s trust, but I can say, on behalf of non-governmental organizations, that these proposals are not enough at all,” Ayvazyan told media on Wednesday.

Particularly two concessions were proposed by the authorities: to envisage fingerprint voting by the code and to provide the numbers of voters on the list.

“The state’s responsibility is very important to create an atmosphere of general trust, but it seems that the government did not take such a responsibility,” she said.

“During all our meetings the authorities insisted on inclusion of electronic registration option, and, as a favor, we included it in the package we agreed on. As a result our five provisions became six. It’s strange that David Harutyunyan, the representative of the government, said, during the meeting, that those provisions were not acceptable by 99 percent. So we had to announce that this phase of the 4+4+4 format was failed,” said Aram Manukyan, the secretary of the Armenian National Congress (ANC) parliamentary faction.

According to Hovhannes Sahakyan, an MP from the Republican Party of Armenia, they  initially put forward two conditions, saying they are ready to hold discussions by any format, but it will not be the only discussion format where decisions will be made.

“The discussions were very fruitful and the results are reflected in the changes. For example, instead of inking fingers, taking an electronic fingerprint has been included in the changes,” he said.