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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.


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.


Corruption, human rights, civil society should be on Chancellor Merkel’s agenda in Azerbaijan

When Angela Merkel visits Azerbaijan this weekend, the German chancellor should pressure the government over its record on human rights, corruption and treatment of activists, Transparency International said today. 


Elections do not express the will of the citizens of Armenia



April 3, 2017 | 12:00

On April 2, the 3112 independent and impartial observers of Citizen Observer Initiative have carried out the mission of observation since early morning at 1521 precincts.

The observers of the Citizen Observer Initiative have registered overall 2131 cases of violations during the preparation, voting, counting  and tabulation of votes, out of which 1243 have been verified from 544 precincts. Initial verifications of violations amount to 58.3% of all violations. The remaining 41.7% are in process of verification.


Citizen Observer Initiative Sees No Improvement in Election Process

April 2, 2017 | 22:30


Observers of the Citizen Observer Initiative have registered a total of1918 cases of violations between 07:00 to 20:00. These cases are currently being verified.


52 Cases of Open Voting as per 12։00-16։00

April 2, 2017 | 17:30



Observers of the Citizen Observer Initiative have registered overall 365 cases of violations between 12:00 to 16:00, that are in the process of being verified.


98 Cases of Voter Registration Machine Malfunction Reported in First Four Hours of Election Day

April 2, 2017 | 14:00

The Citizen Observer Initiative’s 3112 independent and unbiased observers have been carrying out election monitoring activities since the early morning hours of the day at 1521 precincts across Armenia. Additionally, 38 mobile observation teams have been covering the districts of the 38 district electoral commissions.