OSCE Mission Voices Concern Over Election Law

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian met April 9 with representatives of the Preliminary Assessment Mission of the OSCE Office of Democratic institutes and Human Rights led by OSCE consultant for election issues Nikolay Vulchanov.

During the meeting the sides stressed the importance of holding free–fair and transparent parliamentary elections in Armenia on May 30.

Nikolay Vulchanov shared his thoughts about shortcomings of the new Election Code and expressed his concern over the course of development and adoption of the code–the details of which he learned from representatives of some Armenian parties. The delegation also expressed concern over the fact that a new Central Electoral Commission will start operations on April 27–a month after the election campaign kicks off.

Oskanian emphasized the importance of free and fair elections from the viewpoint of foreign policy–integration into European structures–particularly–the Council of Europe. He reported that a special working group has been set up to help foreign observers in settling problems–which may emerge during their work in Armenia.

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