ARF Calls for Free, Fair and Transparent Elections

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Supreme Council of Armenia issued a strong worded statement Wednesday denouncing the atmosphere of intolerance and hostility being propagated during the final days of campaigning before the presidential vote next Tuesday. Declaring as imperative, the continued stability of Armenian statehood, the statement urged all Armenian political forces and Armenian society in general to carry on a civilized struggle.
Below is the translated text of the statement:
The forthcoming presidential elections are of great significance for our statehood. Some of polarizing tensions that arise in our political environment during the pre-election period are normal and inevitable. However, it becomes unacceptable when the pre-election struggle is no longer conducted in a civilized manner.
It is with regret that we state that the pre-election struggle in Armenia today has degenerated to this state. The unhealthy trends that were noticeable during the beginning of the race have been escalating, manifesting themselves in new ways on a daily basis.
The intensification of hostility and mutual hatred in our society has reached a very dangerous point. The atmosphere of intolerance being seeded in society; the violation of the fundamental principles of civilized struggle; the personal insults addressed to contesters and their teams that are voiced mutually; and the open calls for reprisal all gives a green light to non-political elemen’s and external forces to intervene, and this bears unpredictable consequences.
Realizing the very real danger of this situation, we condemn any attempt, by any individual or party to conduct an unhealthy race. We call on all the forces of society to observe the rules of political ethics; to conducting their campaigns strictly based on their ideologies and programs, and refrain from provocative attempts to make the situation uncontrollable.
We declare that we will not allow the country’s stability and the future of our independent statehood to be endangered.
We declare that the only way out of the current reality is by excluding any possibility of election fraud and conducting free, fair and transparent elections.

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