Monday, January 20 2020 18:19
Alexandr Avanesov

In Armenia an attempt is being made to simplify procedure for holding referendum

In Armenia an attempt is being made to simplify procedure for holding referendum

ArmInfo. An attempt is being made in Armenia to simplify the procedure for holding referendum. 

Amendments to the constitutional Law "On Referendum" are discussed at  a meeting of the Armenian parliament on January 20 in the first  reading.  According to MP of the National Assembly, Hamazasp  Danielyan, it is proposed, in particular, to provide more rights to  the citizens of the country in organizing and conducting elections. 

These rights are guaranteed by the 2015 Constitution, which, however,  no one has yet taken advantage of, preferring rallies and protests.  Meanwhile, the organization of referenda on slaughterhouses, a point  system of traffic and other issues would provide answers to public  concerns. The document solves only a small part of these problems. 

It is proposed, in particular, to reduce the number of members of the  initiative group on the organization and conduct of referendum from  the current 50 to 25. In other words, a group of 25 people can  register their initiative with the CEC and begin collecting the  necessary signatures of 50 thousand votes. At the same time, the  number of days required to collect signatures from the current 45  will increase to 60 days. Danielyan also considered the figure of 50  thousand votes too high, but it is fixed in the Constitution of the  country.

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