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Broad Domestic observation of Yerevan council elections

Yerevan, Armenia 14 May 2017
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Broad Domestic observation of Yerevan council elections

60 polling stations and all 10 Territorial Electoral Commissions have been observed by the ‘Independent Observer’ Public Alliance on the Municipal Council Election Day on 14 May in Yerevan. Additionally five mobile observation groups were monitoring the situation outside the polling stations to prevent and solve any possible problems during the election process. The activity was supported by the “Long-term electoral assistance to the election related stakeholders of Armenia” project, which is a part of the Partnership for Good Governance Program for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus (former PCF).  

The main problems identified by the 140 observers deployed included cases of voters filling out the ballot papers or enveloping them outside the voting booth, cases of several persons entering the voting booth simultaneously and cases of voters voicing out their votes after casting ballots. During the vote count the observers recorded the presence of people without any badges and police officers. In general the turnout of the election was very low. 

Overall, 17 local NGOs  and one international observation mission from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Council of Europe conducted observations at  different polling stations across Yerevan on E-day. Although the Yerevan Municipal Elections are considered politically highly critical, the profile of election observations of the Yerevan Municipal Elections has been until recently rather low. Therefore the domestic observer organizations welcomed the support by Council of Europe as very timely and necessary.