Experts believe that the Republican Party has won the parliamentary elections of April 2 not due to election fraud or ballot stuffing but mostly through the use of administrative resources and bribery.
Well-known Diaspora Armenians, namely Serj Tankian, Armenian American Rock Musician and Composer, Vocalist and Founder of the world famous “System of a Down” Band, Arsinee Khanjian, Armenian-Canadian Actress and Producer, Atom Egoyan, Armenian-Canadian Film Director, Erik Nazarian, Armenian American Film Director and Screenwriter, arrived in Armenian from abroad to conduct an observation mission in the Parliamentary elections.
“Armenian Revolutionary Federation” Party considers the rating system of candidates, election bribes and the discussions about making concessions on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to be the most worrisome issues of the Parliamentary Elections planned on April 2.
The Institute for War and Peace Reporting in conjunction with the Public Journalism Club hosted a discussion entitled “The 2016 April War, One Year Later: Assessing the Outcomes of Karabakh Negotiation Process” at Media Center on March 29.
The most common violation during the parliamentary election campaign was the participation of officials and employees of state institutions in the meetings of the ruling parties, especially the meetings with the Republican candidates, during working hours. Varujan Hoktanyan, Project Director of Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center, said this during the press conference on the topic of “Abuse of Administrative Resources in the Parliamentary Elections 2017: Monitoring Results” at Media Center on March 29.
The press conference interview of Armen Ashotyan, Deputy Chairman of the Republican Party of Armenia, entitled “Observations and Assessments about the Pre-Election Processes”, was held at Media Center on March 28.