The speakers of the discussion were Tevan Poghosyan, RA MP, and Styopa Safaryan, Director of the Center for International and Security Affairs.
Assessing the quality of council of elders elections, the speakers condemned that some journalists and Zaruhi Postanjyan, Chairman of “Yerkir Tsirani” Party, were subjected to violence. They believe such incidents cast a shadow on the election process.
Tevan Poghosyan positively assessed the activities of the opposition and civil society representatives in detecting illegal activities occurred in the electoral process.
“It is positive that the opposition almost tripled its presence in Yerevan Council of Elders. The opposition managed to improve its position by 250% in the Yerevan Council. Since the last elections, the opposition had 7 representatives in the council, and now their number has almost tripled. This will be the best opportunity to introduce new ideas, and the fight against violations will be more active at the same time. A party cannot make decisions and implement them solely,” Poghosyan said.
Speaking about having the image of public moods about the results of Yerevan Council of Elders elections, Styopa Safaryan said: “These elections reflect the sentiments of the society that were detained or participated in but in general we can say that these elections reflect the sentiments of the whole Yerevan, besides these elections are not relevant to democratic standards.”
Although the political analyst agrees that the opposition has significantly improved its position but believes that this improvement will not have any impact on decision-making because the Republican Party is a majority again.
“Even if the Republicans brought few voters but in terms of the seats it provided such a result that it will not depend on Yelq or Yerkir Tsirani. While for bringing an alternative, the opposition needs the majority of the votes,” Safaryan said.
He considers that May 14 elections were deprived of the political component and were mostly personalized.
“Elections are not political anymore and are very much personalized. I am sure that people did not vote for the programs but for individuals in the case of the opposition as well. The participation in the elections was low as I think these were elections of disappointment.”
Tevan Poghosyan does not reason the low participation by the small number of political parties participating in the elections; on the contrary, he believes that the small number of parties could foster a high turnout in the elections if the right strategy were elected.
“Any political party should have made use of it, and involve voters to its side. It was a defeat for the Republican Party first if in the case of “Yelq” the votes have increased, the Republicans’ votes decreased compared to the previous elections,” Poghosyan said.
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