Ambassador Ordway to Monitor Armenia Elections

YEREVAN(Noyan-Tapan)–The ambassador of United States to Armenia John Ordway met with Central Election Commission (CEC) chairman Artak Sahradian on February 13 to discuss preparations for Armenia’s presidential elections less than a week away.

Ordway said he is familiar with the joint training programs between the CEC and the United Nations to improve the skills of the election commission members–and stressed the importance of the new clear election boxes in reducing discrepancies on February 19.

The CEC chairman introduced the election mechanism to be implemented in guaranteeing fair and transparent elections–including the collection–calculation and publication of votes.

Sahradian also mentioned that due to favorable legislature in Armenia–as well as application of international standards–election principals in Armenia differ greatly from other CIS countries.

He added that aside from gaining positive reviews from international monitors on the conducting of elections–CEC main goal is to secure the population’s confidence in elections.

Thus the CEC is committed to organize–to the greatest extent possible–free–fair and transparent elections.

Ordway expressed hope that Armenia will utilize its ability and potential to conduct free and fair elections–and conveyed his desire to participate as a monitor.

Sahradian handed the ambassador a special monitoring mandate.

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