“Aravot” says those who think that Armenians care a lot about their upcoming presidential election are “badly mistaken.” What the people care about the most these days is their economic well-being and day-to-day lives. “Nowadays Armenians are busy not thinking about the elections but warming various kinds of [frozen water] pipes,” says in an editorial.
“Azg” is struck by “far-fetched” statements and forecasts made by various presidential candidates.
“All political forces participating in the election campaign have a clear idea of which candidate is electable, and it is every logical that they have made him a target, trying to clinch votes from that field,” Karen Karapetian, deputy campaign manager of Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian, tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “But we have repeatedly said that we stand for a civilized struggle and spend most of our time talking about our actions and programs. We are all conscious of the fact that Serzh Sarkisian has sufficient resources to win already in the first round.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims, however, that Sarkisian is pinning his hopes on vote rigging. “This tactic is the reason why Serzh Sarkisian is conducting a soulless and somewhat phony campaign,” writes the paper. As for his challenger Levon Ter-Petrosian, the paper says he has many anti-fraud options in his arsenal. The most important is to “impart emotion to the election campaign,” it says. “This nuance is increasingly evident in the first president’s contacts.”
“The only force that would not benefit from the holding of an exit poll during the presidential election is the opposition,” Samvel Nikoyan, a senior lawmaker from the governing Republican Party, tells “168 Zham.” “[An exit poll] would interfere with the implementation of their post-election show scenario. The thing is that if exit poll results matched those published by the Central Election Commission, then those political forces whose main goal is post-election shows and protests … would find themselves in trouble.”