Armenian PM reiterates political will for clean vote

 Armenian PM reiterates political will for clean vote


Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan (in the center) at the conference “Towards Free and Transparent Elections”, flanked by Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepyan (from the right) and U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern (from the left), as well as Central Election Commission Chairman Tigran Mukuchyan (far left). Yerevan, March 23, 2012.

Authorities in Armenia are ready for holding free and fair elections more than ever, said Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan at a conference in Yerevan Friday.

Listing the prerequisites that, according to him, exist in the country today to ensure a clean vote in the May parliamentary elections, Sargsyan also mentioned the emergence of civil society that he argued would be demanding and would exercise scrutiny over the election process.

“Over theses years, with the technical support of the international community, we have considerably improved our legislation including the Electoral Code which takes into account the frauds, omissions and errors of the previous elections,” added Sargsyan addressing the conference “Towards Free and Transparent Elections” that was organized by the Armenian Prosecutor-General’s Office with the support of the U.S. Embassy.

The head of the Armenian government also stressed that the age of modern information technologies provided the society with additional guarantees and opportunities to monitor the elections. “The fact that any Armenian citizen can use this opportunity is extremely important,” he said.

US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern, who also attended the vent, welcomed the willingness of the Armenian authorities to hold free and fair elections and to investigate all cases of electoral fraud.

He stressed that the conduct of this year’s parliamentary and next year’s presidential elections in Armenia in accordance with international standards would promote the nation’s image and strengthen its cooperation with the United States and the European Union.

Also attending the conference were Central Electoral Commission Chairman Tigran Mukuchyan, representatives of various civic organizations.