President Suggests Alternative Method for Election Commissions

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– During last week’s meeting of the Human Rights Commission–President Robert Kocharian expressed the opinion that the government should assist in the formation of election commissions.

Kocharian reportedly stated that it would be the best variant for him if the government doesn’t participate in elections at all; in this case it would not be responsible for the activities of commissions. However–the President believes that this "is impossible–since not to participate in elections means to shirk responsibility".

According to the president–one of the possible variants of establishing commissions is when a third of members (not officials–but experts) are appointed by the government–and two thirds are proposed by political forces. Experts appointed by the government will receive relevant training and will be attending seminars with the assistance of international organizations. As for the other two thirds–the government should not participate here at all–instead–political forces themselves should select the parties that will have their representatives to the commissions.


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