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Grants awarded to TIAC to conduct election observation mission during 2017 parliamentary elections within the framework of Citizen Observer Initiative

Citizen Observer Initiative received funding for implementation of the “Public Oversight over 2017 Parliamentary Elections” project from several sources. In particular, Transparency International Anticorruption Center was awarded grants from National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Georgia and Tufenkian Charitable Foundation.


Preliminary statement on the conduct of the Constitutional Referendum Citizen Observer Initiative and European Platform for Democratic Elections

December 6, 2015 Citizen Observer Initiative and the European Platform for Democratic Elections found an unprecedented number of violations on the December 6 Constitutional Reform. The referendum campaign was marred by massive misuse of administrative resources to campaign in favor of the constitutional changes and influencing the voting and tabulation process via control of electoral administration on the territorial and local levels. Inaccuracy of voter lists remained the most crucial issue considering the confidentiality of voter participation that leaves room for later manipulations. On the voting day, observers reported an unprecedented number of violations of the electoral law and international standards which had systemic character. Citizen observers and some of the international media reported intimidation and threats across the country. Numerous manipulations of the voter lists, violations during the voting and the vote count, as well as high number of cases of direct falsifications of results by electoral commissions influenced the final outcome of the referendum.


Elections: Estonian experience

On March 1, 2015 parliamentary elections were held in Estonia. Lena Nazaryan, Project Coordinator of Transparency International Anticorruption Center was invited from the Open Estonia Foundation to monitor the elections. Observers from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine had opportunity to visit the precincts and observe summing up of electronic elections. Lena Nazaryan addressed Electoral Code in Estonia, the peculiarities of electoral system in Estonia, its difference from the Armenian one, its instructive experience for Armenia. Artur Avtandilyan, Communications Coordinator of TIAC spoke about this and other issues with Lena Nazaryan.



Workshop on Coalition building, internal communication and reporting

From December 16 to 18, 2014, European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) held a training for Armenian citizen election observer group on coalition building and new methods of election observation. The training took place in Tbilisi, Georgia and was hosted by EPDE member International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED). In total 15 representatives of 4 organizations - Transparency International Anticorruption Center (TIAC), Europe in Law Association, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office and Journalists’ Club Asparez participated in the training.


"Citizen Observer" initiative on findings of its observation

During a press conference held in Media Center on March 10, 1014, members of ‘’Citizen Observer’’ initiative introduced the findings of local government election observation conducted a day before in five Marzes of Armenia. The speakers of the press conference were Lena Nazaryan, Transparency International Anticorruption Center, Tigran Yegoryan, Europe in Law association NGO, as well as Levon Barseghyan, Journalists’ Club “Asparez” and Artur Sakunts, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office via Skype. Lena Nazaryan reflected on "Citizen Observer" initiative and the elections they observed.