“Hayots Ashkhar” says that political parties and individual candidates involved in the election campaign often “forget that they represent some ideas and programs” which are judged by their actions. “Besides, seeking to portray themselves as greater patriots, these people often come up with far-fetched, unrealistic programs that can discredit the very concept of program,” comments the paper.
“Monitoring the election campaign, one can notice that [candidates’] adverts, despite their high cost, do not display ingenuity or a selective approach towards the voter,” writes “Azg.” “Very few forces have realized that the little daily airtime can be used not for airing slogans, looks back at history … and distasteful things that say nothing to the voters.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” reports that Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian has decided to signle-handedly conduct his Republican Party’s election campaign. “This suggests that in taking campaign trips Serzh Sarkisian will not be joined by ministers or other officials who are affiliated with the party and whose presence, in his view, leaves a negative influence on voters,” says the paper. “Only the regional governors and majoritarian deputies representing their districts have received a permission to accompany Sarkisian on his campaign trips.”
“Hayk” claims that the Armenian police have been instructed to add “the names of another 500,000 non-existent people” to the national voter list. “Clearly, they will distribute those names in various precincts and make the lists available to pro-government parties,” the paper says. “And the latter should take groups of people mobilized by them to polling stations and have them vote on behalf of those names.”
“Aravot” reports in that regard that the voter list in at least one Yerevan neighborhood contains individuals living in non-existent buildings.
According to “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun,” President Robert Kocharian’s elder son Sedrak has said privately that he will eventually succeed Serzh Sarkisian as president of Armenia. “We think this kind of modesty adorns the young man,” the paper comments bitingly. “Others would be less patient and try to govern Armenia right now.”
“Iravunk” speculates that the HHK and Sarkisian should be interested in holding the next presidential election not early next year but shortly after next month’s legislative polls. “And although implementation of that scenario is fraught with a fairly serious risk for its initiators, it is evident that there is hardly any alternative to going ahead with pre-planned events,” the paper says.