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Hovhannes Sahakyan: If elections will be delayed for April 9 there  might be problems on observing provisions of Electoral Code

Hovhannes Sahakyan: If elections will be delayed for April 9 there  might be problems on observing provisions of Electoral Code

ArmInfo. If the elections will be delayed on April 2 there can be problems with implementation of Electoral Code, Hovhannes Sahakyan, the Head of the Commission on State and Regulatory Issues of National Assembly, stated during his  conversation with ArmInfo reporter, covering the today's statement of  Armenian National Congress-National Party of Armenia bloc on  necessity to postpone the elections from April 2 to April 9.

 "Electoral Code clearly sets how many days should the pre electoral  campaign last, as well as the day of "silence" before the elections.  Besides, there are international observers in the Republic already,  the terms of their mission are clearly set. If the elections are  delayed for April 9 there might rise problems on observance of the  provisions of Electoral Code-whether to prolong the pre electoral  campaign for one more week, but Electoral Code fixes clear quantity  of days for campaign, or to keep "silence' during a week before the  elections, but this type of provisions do not exist in the  legislation," the parliamentarian explained.

Within this he emphasized that if the oppositionist wants to postpone  the elections for a week, it is necessary to announce that before the  start of electoral campaign." In February the President of Armenia  Serzh Sargsyan stated that the authorities are ready to delay the  elections if all the political forces will come to consensus over  this question, but this kind of statement was not sounded by any of  parties and blocs," Sahakyan noted.

To note, Armenian National Congress and National Party of Armenia  bloc stated the necessity of postponing the elections from April 2 to  April 9. The bloc explains this suggestion with the fact that  conducting elections on April 2 contradicts the provisions of the  Constitution, as term of fifth convocation empowerment of Parliament  expires by that time. Besides, according to the statement authors  there is also a moral aspect of the issue, because on April 2 a year  turns since the April war in Karabakh conflict zone. At that the bloc  calls all the political forces, participating in the elections (9  parties and blocs) to consolidate over this suggestion.  

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