Final Preparations Underway for Elections

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– A group of observers from the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly is due in Armenia today to monitor the May 30 parliamentary elections here–according to ITAR-TASS. The group is headed by chairman of the Kirov regional Duma–Mikhail Mikheyev. The delegation also includes parliamentary deputies from Belarus–Georgia–Kazakhstan–Russia–Tajikistan and Ukraine.

In a news conference dedicated to the United Nations Development Program’s effort to "Support to Democracy and Good Governance" aimed at providing technical assistance in the organization of the 1999 parliamentary elections in Armenia–UN Coordinator in Armenia Katica Cekalovic told journalists that "Since Armenia wants to accede to the Council of Europe–democratic elections acquire particular importance."

The program was launched on February 1–1999. Program Coordinator Artashes Darbinian said that one of the main stages of the program was to provide consultations during work on the Election Law. He said that all UN recommendations have been taken into consideration. The program also provides for assistance to the Constitutional Court of Armenia in settling possible disputes.

The elections which will be held on May 30 will have 213 foreign monitors the Foreign Ministry stated. Among these will be individuals representing the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE–the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly–the European Parliament–as well as two American public organizations. In all the monitors represent the following countries: the US–France–Bulgaria–Italy–Great Britain–Poland–Sweden–Germany–Canada–Norway–Finland–Denmark–Austria–Greece–the Netherlands–Belgium–Switzerland–Croatia–Hungary–Moldova–the Czech Republic–Romania–Slovakia–Kazakhstan and Ireland.

Another ten observers from Russia–Belarus–Georgia–Tajikistan–Kazakhstan and Ukraine will be dispatched by the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly.

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