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Implications of Electoral Code amendments ahead of vote

The idea of involving the Armenian Diaspora in elections is not new; it was first voiced following the adoption of the Law on Dual Citizenship.

December 8, 2012
Implications of Electoral Code amendments ahead of vote
Ahead of any elections, Armenia, as well as Israel, countries whose Diaspora is far larger than the population living in the homeland, face debate on the need to involve the Diaspora in the presidential or parliamentary voting. Armenians and Jews living in other countries amount to 2/3 of their total number, with approximately 3 millions of Armenians living in Armenia and about 6 millions of Jews in Israel. These figures make 7 and 14 millions worldwide, respectively. If all of them have the right to vote, the outcome of elections in our countries could be absolutely different and even unpredictable for either the politicians or experts of Armenia and Israel.

Armenia celebrates 21 years of independence

We faced war and hunger, bread coupons and 30 minutes of electricity daily, and political instability in the past 21 years.

September 21, 2012
Armenia celebrates 21 years of independence
The third Republic of Armenia celebrates its 21st anniversary; in 1991, almost all population of Armenian Soviet Republic voted for independence. People opted for independence, perfectly realizing all hardships and challenges of the long way towards establishment of their own state.

Paradox of Armenian opposition: the more they need to unite, the more they split

Unable to unite, the Armenian opposition will logically proceed to nominate several candidates at 2013 presidential vote.

July 17, 2012
Paradox of Armenian opposition: the more they need to unite, the more they split
On July 13, the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) tried to collect 44 parliamentary signatures for calling a special session to set up an ad hoc parliamentary committee to investigate the severe beating and death of Vahe Avetyan in Harsnakar restaurant. ANC managed to gather just 21 signatures, including 7 from ANC, 6 from Prosperous Armenia party, 5 from Heritage and 3 from ARD Dashnaktsutyun.

Elections 2012: failure of Armenian opposition

According to some Armenian experts, the May 6 elections became the “swan song” for ANC and Levon Ter-Petrossian.

May 16, 2012
Elections 2012: failure of Armenian opposition
The recent parliamentary elections in Armenia recorded sweeping victory by the current authorities, the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) and its coalition partner and rival Prosperous Armenia. These two, along with the third member of the current coalition Orinats Yerkir (which was the only ruling party seeing worse results against 2007 vote), grabbed 112 out of 131 mandates of Armenia's National Assembly.

Armenian elections 2012: political hypocrisy

Since the very start of its election campaign Prosperous Armenia showed obvious signs of political amnesia.

May 11, 2012
Armenian elections 2012: political hypocrisy
Parliamentary elections were held in Armenia on May 6, and people are now assessing their outcomes, pondering over expectations from the new “elects”; meanwhile, the political forces are summing up the results and considering their future moves and potential alliances. So, I decided to avail of the current political lull and sum up my own voting outcomes, sharing my views on each of the race participants.

Election outcomes: RPA’s victory and ANC’s downfall

Parliamentary race yielded unexpected results, with ruling coalition’s crushing victory recorded as the most significant outcome.

May 7, 2012
Election outcomes: RPA’s victory and ANC’s downfall
The parliamentary elections are over in Armenia. The race, assessed as original primaries for presidential elections in 2013, yielded rather unexpected results, with the ruling coalition’s crushing victory recorded as the most significant outcome.

Op-Ed: Parliamentary elections a test for new changes

Can every citizen be an election observer?

May 3, 2012
Op-Ed: Parliamentary elections a test for new changes
This year, Armenia challenges its citizens to capture, in real time, election fraud with their new online election monitoring program, iDitord.

Facebook as platform for Armenian elections 2012

PanARMENIAN.Net studies the tools and opportunities provided by Facebook to the participants of electoral race.

April 23, 2012
Facebook as platform for Armenian elections 2012
Ahead of the parliamentary vote due on May 6, Armenia’s political forces boosted their activity on the internet, particularly in Facebook.

Orinats Yerkir will try to win parliamentary race through confetti (video)

Party leader Artur Baghdasaryan stood out with his eloquence as always, once again addressing the issue of Orinats Yerkir’s “purity”.

 April 7, 2012
Orinats Yerkir will try to win parliamentary race through confetti
Today, on April 7, Orinats Yerkir coalition party held a rally at Yerevan’s Liberty Square, a subsequent rally serving the “information” and not pre-election purpose. Though the election campaign has not officially launched, Armenia’s political forces have actively started holding large spectrum of events aimed at coaxing voters.

Elections 2012 feature three favorite runners

April 1 is set as a deadline for candidate registration, with the election campaign officially kicking off on April 8.

March 23, 2012
Elections 2012 feature three favorite runners
March 22 was the last day for the political forces to submit their proportional lists to the Central Electoral Commission of Armenia to participate in the parliamentary elections due on May 6.
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