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 Monday, April 19 2021 12:06
Marianna Mkrtchyan

The President of Armenia did not sign the amendments to the Electoral  Code

The President of Armenia did not sign the amendments to the Electoral  Code

ArmInfo.Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has not signed the amendments to the Electoral Code, which provide for the rejection of the rating system of voting.  

Thus, according to the press service of the head of the Armenian  state, the law was signed by the president on April 2. The document  was discussed with the heads of a number of political forces,  political figures, representatives of the Central Election  Commission, listened to their opinions and comments.  "Studies  conducted by the presidential administration have shown that the law  is not deliberately problematic from the point of view of  constitutionality," the report says.

At the same time, according to the press service, the president has  fundamental comments. In particular, it is indicated that the  amendments were supported only by the political majority of the  parliament.  "The President of the Republic will not sign the law,  but will not apply to the Constitutional Court to determine its  compliance with the Constitution," the statement on the website of  the President of Armenia reads.

It is also recalled that the President of the Republic has repeatedly  stated that the holding of early elections to overcome the crisis  should be preceded by a process of comprehensive amendments to the  Constitution, as well as to the Electoral Code. Moreover, this  process should be carried out within a reasonable period of time and  in accordance with the principles of democracy, involving all  segments of society, and the provisions concerning the electoral  system should be aimed at forming a National Assembly with the logic  of the best representation of the interests of the voters.

It is stated that, in the opinion of the Venice Commission, changes  to the electoral legislation should be made at least a year before  the elections. The Venice Commission also stated its position that  the stability of the electoral system is one of the most important  principles, and that there should be sufficient time for in-depth  public discussions on amendments to the Electoral Code with the  participation of all stakeholders.  In accordance with the Basic Law  of the country, if the President does not sign the laws adopted by  the legislative body and does not apply to the Constitutional Court,  the Chairman of the National Assembly signs and promulgates the law  within five days.

Recall that at an extraordinary session of the Armenian Parliament on  April 1, the deputies adopted amendments to the Electoral Code (EC)  by 82 votes in favor. The law was approved by the deputies of the  government faction "My Step" and a group of independent deputies. The  opposition did not take part in the vote.

The amendments to the Electoral Code imply a complete rejection of  the rating electoral system. Thus, the election of candidates on  territorial lists is canceled and a proportional system is  established, according to which voters will vote only for a specific  political force.

The new changes also imply the removal of restrictions on the number  of parties participating in the formation of post-election coalitions  and the extension of the deadline for their formation.  Meanwhile,  the opposition said that the legitimacy of the expected June 20  elections is questionable, since the amendments were adopted without  its participation by the ruling majority in parliament.


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