“Judging from the development of events, it looks as though pre-election scandals will exceed our expectations this year,” editorializes “Zhamanak Yerevan.” “The reason for that is that in the past [electoral] confrontations pitted a government prepared for anything against a civilized and law-abiding opposition, whereas now the [main] parties to the confrontation are government wings prepared for anything. And people are wrong to think that ‘if they eat each other, we citizens will be better off.’ That process of eating each other could cost us very dearly.”
“The election campaign promises to be entertaining and fun because figures known to all of us will be in the limelight,” writes “Azg.” “This statement may seem a paradox as we are familiar with everyone’s arsenal of words. But no, the whole interest lies in the fact that unknown individuals devoid of any quality have to make miracles, give the most incredible promises, and act like magicians in public. And that must be fun.”
According to “Hayots Ashkhar,” the most eye-catching thing about the Armenian election is the “incredibly large” number of contenders which the paper believes is the result of Armenians’ “inability to understand each other.” “It is absolutely unclear who is involved with those parties, why, and what those people are trying to achieve,” it says in an editorial. “They clearly lack the money to enter the National Assembly. Nor do they have enough interesting and attractive ideas to strike a chord with every voter.”
“It is evident that political forces from both camps are not inclined to discuss serious issues in this campaign,” says “Aravot.” The paper complains that few candidates are talking about issues like the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict or Armenia’s relations with Russia. “The main political forces are not coming up with any alternative proposals on these areas,” it says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says parliament deputy Hakob Hakobian’s threat to leave Armenia after the authorities refused to register him as an election candidate is symptomatic of the attitudes of many Armenian citizens. The paper says the average citizen “doesn’t care about everyone and everything” and will not fight for justice as long as their rights are not trampled on.