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.