“Aravot” writes that election commissions in various parts of Yerevan have been busy this week validating thousands of ballots pre-marked for the incumbent president. “Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that there are “between 400,000 and 600,000” such ballots in circulation.
“For many months we have been warning that the elections will be falsified anyway,” says “Aravot.” “We have been saying that to arouse your civic dignity,” the paper tells readers. “It turned out that there is no such need. You know very well that everything depends on you.”
According to “Orran,” Armenia’s chief priority now is “to form a legitimate government.” That, the paper says, is the necessary condition for solving the country’s pressing problems. “An illegitimate government can not have a long life in one way or another.”
“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” says Armenians are to choose between “uncertainty hidden behind demagogy” and “clearly visible progress.” The voters, the paper says, should not “overload brains with meaningless speeches.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says the March 5 run-off must not deepen “mutual hostility and hatred.” Armenia must grow into a “consolidated society where there are no enemies and traitors.” “There are politicians who have matured in the turmoil of the election struggle, a united nation that is conscious of their strong and weak sides, and an elected and legitimate president who protects their collective interests.” The president elect, whoever he is, must unite those who voted for and against him.
Political scientist Hrach Galstian writes in “Haykakan Zhamanak” that Armenia “is moving against the international community and the latter will find ways and methods of returning us to the accepted rules of the game.” Galstian likens the situation in Armenia to that in former Yugoslavia under its former President Slobodan Milosevic when “contradictions that emerged after the elections had no legal solutions.”