YEREVAN, JANUARY 25. ARMINFO. Chairman of Armenia’s Central Electoral Commission Garegin Azaryan and EU Special Representative on South Caucasus Heikki Talvitie.
Azaryan told Talvitie that CEC has drafted a 149-page package of proposals on reforming Armenia’s Electoral Code and is ready to present it to the Parliament.
He said that CEC is negotiating with OSCE for computerizing all Armenia’s electoral districts in one year. It is also necessary to retrain local and regional EC members. EC should be appointed by the Government rather than political parties but they should also include representatives of all parliamentary or presidential candidates so as there is no claims of pressuring the proxies of some candidate during elections. It’s the Government who organizes elections and CEC who answers for them and not political parties, proxies or other people. As for the voters’ registration process so much criticized during and after the last parliamentary and presidential elections Azaryan said that July 2 2004 voters’ lists were put on Internet for any political party to see, discuss and correct them together with local authorities.
Azaryan told Talvitie that CEC in Armenia has no right to take part in parliamentary discussions of electoral amendments.
To remind, during his visit to Armenia Talvitie has already met with President Robert Kocharyan and Defence Minister Serzh Sargsyan. He is also going to meet with the chairman of the political council of the Republic opposition party Albert Bazeyan.