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"Akanates" observation initiative launches long-term observation of early parliamentary elections in Armenia

"Akanates" (Eyewitness) observation initiative launches long-term observation of electoral processes in order to assess the pre-election and post-election periods of early parliamentary elections to be held in Armenia on December 9, 2018. Starting from November 5, 2018, 36 long-term observers will to be deployed in 38 electoral districts throughout the country to monitor and assess election administration, voter list accuracy, activities of campaign offices of candidates and political parties (party alliances), pre-election campaign, misuse of administrative resources, recount, examination of complains and other components of the electoral process.


ODIHR seminar: election observation and election campaigns

The OSCE/ODIHR hosted the fourth annual Electoral Seminar, with a focus on election observation, fundamental freedoms and election campaigns, on 30 October 2018 in Vienna. The event brought together some 100 representatives of OSCE delegations, election management bodies, international organizations and citizen observer groups, including Sona Ayvazyan, TIAC Executive Director and representative of “Akanates” observation initiative.  


TIAC took part in the General Assembly of ENEMO

The General Assembly of ENEMO was held from the 4th to 7th of October 2018, in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. Sona Ayvazyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anticorruption center took part in the event.


European Capital Cities’ Transparency Ranking: a workshop in Slovakia

A workshop entitled European Capital Cities’ Transparency Ranking (ECCTR) was held on 25-26 September 2018 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The workshop was organized by Transparency International Slovakia. The event was attended by representatives from 23 countries, including Mikayel Avetisyan, Researcher of Transparency International Anticorruption Center (TIAC). The focus of the event was the development of a methodology for the capitals’ transparency ranking for pilot and final full-scale phases.



Preliminary assessment of “Akanates” observation mission on Yerevan city council elections

Despite the procedural violations identified by “Akanates” initiative no mass and systemic violations occurred on September 23, 2018 Yerevan city council elections, which were typical of last year’s municipal and national elections, such as ballot box stuffing; incorrect counts; falsification of the results; vote buying; services provided to voters; overcrowdings and disorders in the precincts and in the vicinity of the polling stations; pressures and violence; obvious directing, etc. Thus, favorable conditions are created for the citizens to be freer, braver, and feel at ease in expressing their own free will. The newly elected Council of elders, in its turn is supposed to reflect the real preferences of the citizens.


Press release: September 23, 2018

Yerevan city council elections on September 23, 2018 were the first in the past 20 years in Armenia that were held in free and competitive environment, where every citizen’s vote was crucial, and the results of voting were not determined in advance.


“Akanates” election observation mission will observe Yerevan city council elections

"Akanates" (Eyewitness) election observation mission will engage around 160 observers to participate in the public oversight of Yerevan city council elections on September 23, 2018. The observation mission will cover 80 precincts in all administrative districts of Yerevan. The initiative will disseminate press releases and post information if needed on the election day on Facebook pages of "Akanates" election observation mission and its members, as well as on the websites of www.transparency.am and www.asparez.am.


Armenia should take vigorous measures against entrenched corruption

Armenia should take vigorous measures to tackle entrenched corruption and widespread conflict of interest, according to a new OECD report. Armenia has continued to reform its anti-corruption legislation and institutions over the past four years. A comprehensive legal framework for the civil service and public service integrity, including regulations on ethics and conflict of interests, was adopted; trading in influence and illicit enrichment criminalised; and laws on whistleblower protection and the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption introduced, as well as the legal provisions on asset declarations and public procurement enhanced. The report also welcomes the introduction of various e-governance tools and services, a system for the publication and verification of asset declarations, and the expansion of e-procurement.


Statement on the preconditions for holding free and fair elections

We, the undersigned organizations, in the run-up to Yerevan City Council snap elections, restate the importance of providing preconditions for free and fair elections stated still in April 2018. We call on the heads of CEC and CTR to reconsider the expediency of their participation in the respective commissions and be dismissed to regain public trust in the elections.


Armenia’s New Electoral Code: Quotas For Women and Ethnic Minorities

Rwanda and Armenia do have something in common but it is not their percentage of women in parliament. At 61 percent, Rwanda’s proportion of female representation in its legislative lower house is the highest in the world. Armenia is 110th, but still ahead of its neighbors, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Artsakh, and Iran.