“Aravot” editorializes that Armenian university and school teachers who were constrained to campaign for Robert Kocharian’s reelection risk bringing up a “generation of slaves.” Their students, some of whom will be voting on Wednesday, now see that free elections is a “fairy tale for stupid people.”
“A bad government is elected by those good citizens who do not vote,” “Orran” writes, quoting an American literary critic, George Nathan. “One should not think that voting is a duty which he must not necessarily carry out. Voting is a right whereby everyone expresses his free will.”
“The picture is so clear that even an ordinary citizen will not find it difficult to make a right choice,” writes the pro-presidential “Hayots Ashkhar.”
“Azg” urges readers to go to the polls and “become the masters of our future.”
“Aravot” and “Haykakan Zhamanak,” meanwhile, claim that one Kocharian campaigner handed more than 500 illegally obtained ballots over to the opposition Hanrapetutyun party late on Tuesday. The unnamed man is quoted as saying that he was told to use those ballots for vote manipulation.
In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar,” Tigran Torosian, the deputy speaker of the Armenian parliament and a leading member of the governing Republican Party, criticizes U.S. Ambassador John Ordway for his statements regarding the freedom and fairness of the elections. “Ambassadors and representatives of international organizations have no right to meddle in the electoral process,” he says. “Diplomatic work is incompatible with election monitoring. Furthermore, that is perverse.” Torosian also attacks the monitoring mission from the Organization for Security and Cooperation, noting that “the OSCE has lost much of its importance.”