Tomsen Says Election Laws Should be Changed

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"I wish that the second International Fund for Election Systems devoted to election laws–will contribute to the improvement of Armenia’s election law," United States Ambassador to Armenia Peter Tomsen said at the opening of the Forum.

German Ambassador to Armenia Carola Muller-Holtkemper stressed the importance of this arrangement in the establishment of democracy and said that a chance for the public discussion of crucial problems is among the most significant elemen’s of democracy.

During the discussion on election law changes–experts of the Council of Europe and IFES–Bernard Owen and Jessy Pilgrim responded negatively towards the idea of separating the electoral and counting commissions during elections.

The international experts think that the separation of electoral and counting commission may increase the chance of falsifications during vote count. They say that counting of votes must be done by the electoral commission which directly runs the election–and not a separate authority.

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