OSCE ODIHR will observe Armenian Parliamentarian elections

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) today opened an election observation mission for the parliamentary elections to be held in Armenia on 6 May. OSCE official web-site informs about this.

The mission’s deployment follows an invitation from the Armenian authorities.

The mission is led by Radmila Šekerinska and consists of 13 international experts based in Yerevan and 24 long-term observers to be deployed throughout the country. In addition, ODIHR will request 250 short-term observers to monitor election-day proceedings and the counting process.Observers will assess these elections for compliance with principles for democratic electoral processes, including the commitments agreed to by all the OSCE participating States, as well as national legislation. The mission will analyze the legislative framework and its implementation, and will follow campaign activities, media coverage, and the work of the election administration and relevant government bodies, as well as the resolution of election disputes.

As part of the observation process, the mission will meet with relevant authorities, candidates, political parties, the judiciary, civil society and the media.

Short-term observers arriving for election day will be deployed in teams of two throughout the country to monitor the opening of polling stations, voting, the counting of ballots, and the tabulation of results.

For election-day observation, the ODIHR election observation mission will also join efforts with the delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and other parliamentary delegations.

A statement of preliminary findings and conclusions will be issued on the day after the elections.

ODIHR will issue a final report about two months after the end of the electoral process.

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