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Election Day generally peaceful with 23 reported violations regarding the voting process until 14:00

Akanates’ observers continue to monitor the conduct of voting processes in 300 sampled polling stations in every district of Armenia. Instead of reporting for every single minor incident, Akanates is now reporting on critical violations, incidents which might have serious impact on the electoral process. In total, Akanates received 23 reports on critical incidents from 22 polling stations concerning the voting process.


Press Statement – December 9, 2018 - 11:00 pm

Election day preparation and the voting process were generally conducted in line with the law. 63 serious violations reported.

December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day, and it is symbolic that on this date, over the course of a long period, this is the first time that the Armenian people have the opportunity to freely express their will and to choose a representative parliament. 

At this moment we can conclude that the Election day preparation and the voting process took place in a peaceful environment and Armenian citizens were fully able to exercise their right to vote.


The pre-election phase was generally free and competitive, providing an opportunity for peaceful campaign

The pre-election phase of the snap elections, to take place on December 9, 2018, was generally free and fair, providing an opportunity for a peaceful campaign. This is essentially different as compared to the same phase of last year’s nationwide parliamentary elections. There has been serious progress in terms of less abuse of administrative resources and less pressure on voters to express their will.


Press release: November 22, 2018

“Akanates” (Eyewitness) observation mission carries out long-term and short-term observation of early parliamentary elections in Armenia scheduled for December 9, 2018 by deploying long-term and short-term observers across the country. The findings of long-term observation for the period of 5-20 November show that the pre-election period was generally calm, though some incidents were noted.


"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.