Presidential Campaign Kicks Off in Karabakh

STEPANAKERT (Combined Sources)—The presidential campaign kicked off in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Wednesday.
As Head of the Central Election Commission Sergey Nasibyan said, each candidate is allowed to use up to 30 minutes of free time and up to 80 minutes of paid time, according to the Electoral Code. Unbiased and assessment-free information regarding the campaign the candidate carries out should be used in the news programs of the Public Television and Radio. The election campaign may be carried out via mass media, by organization of pre-electoral meetings with voters, public pre-electoral debates, discussions, demonstrations, publication of printed materials, dissemination of audio- and video materials.
According to the data of the Central Electoral Commission, the candidates will be given four minutes free air time on the first day of the campaign and five minutes, on the last day.
The frontrunner in the presidential election campaign in Nagorno-Karabakh, Bako Sahakian, who headed the local National Security Service until last week, last month was jointly endorsed by President Arkady Ghoukasian’s Democratic Artsakh Party and the three other parties represented in the Karabakh parliament, among them the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.
“I see nothing illogical in such support by the parties,” Sahakian told RFE/RL in an interview. “We began the movement [for Karabakh’s reunification with Armenia] together, we went to war together, and are now rebuilding our country together. I think it will be easier for us to jointly build a country we dream about.”
“I am proud of such treatment and believe that we will manage to jointly overcome all the difficulties confronting us,” added the 47-year-old lawyer.
Sahakian also said that the Karabakh Armenia’s’ position on the conflict with Azerbaijan would not change in the event of his victory in the election. He said that he supported Ghoukasian’s deman’s for official Stepanakert’s direct involvement in peace talks.

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