The goal of the project by the Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center is to contribute to fair elections in Armenia and, thus, to enhance the trust of the population towards elections.
Varuzhan Hoktanyan said that officially the population of the country declined but at the same time the number of voters increased. “85 percent of the population turn out to be included the voting lists. Meanwhile, there is a great number of labor migrants, and there might have been voting under false names.”
The study shows an evident issue in Gyumri, Vanadzor, Jermuk, Berd and Agarak, Akhtala, Alaverdi and Spitak, Charentsavan, Gavar, Metsamor, Artashat, Talin and Ashtarak and other towns in the country.
“Another issue is that there were addresses with a huge number of voters registered as residents. The Police explained that those were elderly care homes but you never know. No one goes and checks,” said Hoktanyan.
At the polling stations there was a positive link between the voter turnout and the number of voters who said “yes” to the constitutional changes, Hoktanyan believes.
“The higher the voter turnout, the higher the number of people voting in favor of the constitutional changes. We may suppose there were falsifications, violations, ballot box stuffing,” said Hoktanyan.
Varuzhan Hoktanyan shared a set of proposals developed by TIAC and several other civil society organizations: transparency during the development of a new Electoral Code, elimination of license exams for observers, all polling stations are to be equipped with at least 5 cameras, proper recording and live broadcasting facilities, ensuring gender equality for candidates - rather de facto than de jure.