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 Wednesday, July 12 2017 14:43
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Sharmazanov: ODIHR/OSCE observations are important for Armenia  related to electoral processes

Sharmazanov: ODIHR/OSCE observations are important for Armenia  related to electoral processes

ArmInfo. For Armenia, ODIHR / OSCE comments on the electoral processes are important, and work is continuing to address the shortcomings. Vice-Speaker of Armenian Parliament Eduard Sharmazanov said at a press conference in Yerevan  on July 12, referring to OSCE / ODIHR final report on the parliamentary elections in Armenia.

According to Vice-Speaker, the estimates of ODIHR/OSCE on the  parliamentary elections held in Armenia is weighed, where the  attempts of the country's authorities to conduct reforms in the  country are positively estimated. "The report makes it clear that the  elections were well organized, and the fundamental rights and  freedoms were respected. This is very important, we do not say that  the elections were perfect, we have something to work on, even in a  country like US elections are not perfect. But it is important that  there is a positive dynamics in this direction, "Sharmazanov said.

At the same time, he stressed that Central electoral commission  should act within the framework of the legislation, which defines  National Assembly of Armenia, and its positions has not changed in  that direction and is stable republican. 

To note, on July 10, OSCE office for Democratic Institutions and  Human Rights published a final report on the April 2 parliamentary  elections in Armenia. The report says that, in general, the basic  freedoms were respected during the elections, and candidates were  able to conduct an unrestricted election campaign, there was general  distrust of the public for the electoral process, it was recommended  that the authorities and political parties take measures to prevent  bribery and any form of pressure on citizens to They participated in  the election campaign or voted for one or another candidate, the  recent implementation of legal reforms is also welcomed, and we  recommend that we take into account the gaps and biases In the  legislation, including with regard to campaigning, the rules for  financing election campaigns and legal provisions and the deadlines  for filing complaints and appeals. In order to ensure uniform  implementation of the law, the report recommends that the Central  Electoral Commission clarify legal provisions through binding  decisions and provide additional recommendations to lower-level  commissions. 

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