Decision 2013: Armenia reaffirms commitment to hold clean vote as top international observer visits Yerevan

The Armenian government is committed to holding next month’s presidential election in conformity with European standards, said Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian when receiving a delegation led by Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, Head of the OSCE/ODIHR observation mission, in Yerevan on Thursday.

As reported by his press office, the Armenian official praised Armenia’s current cooperation with the OSCE/ODIHR and expressed his gratitude for its assistance in improving the electoral processes in Armenia.

Minister Nalbandian stressed that large-scale reforms have been implemented in cooperation with international agencies lately. In particular, he said, a new election code was adopted and enforced a year before last May’s parliamentary elections and that piece of legislation was favorably assessed by the OSCE/ODIHR and the Venice Commission.

Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, for his part, thanked the Armenian government for its invitation of the OSCE/ODIHR observation mission and assured the Armenian minister that the group will be impartial in its mission.

The head of the OSCE/ODIHR observation mission said that their long-term observers were due to arrive in Armenia soon to start full-scale activities. Twenty-four long-term observers and about 250 short-term ones are expected to observe the presidential election, which is scheduled for February 18.