The lists of election candidates submitted by Armenia’s leading political forces to the Central Election Commission (CEC) remain the main theme of Armenian press commentary.
“Iravunk” claims that in drawing up their electoral lists the junior partners in Armenia’s governing coalition and even some opposition forces followed the presidential Republican Party’s example. The paper points to the inclusion of non-partisan figures on the lists and a reduction in the number of businesspeople nominated as election candidates by those parties.
Aram Safarian, the parliamentary secretary of Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), assures “Hayots Ashkhar” that the BHK, the Republicans (HHK) and the Orinats Yerkir Party will be genuinely competing in the parliamentary elections. Safarian says the only thing the three coalition parties have agreed on is not to “destroy each other” and to make sure that “the elections are not turned into hell.”
“Yerkir” says that many candidates have a “distorted idea” of the mission of parliament deputies and their responsibility for the country’s present and future. “What matters [to them] is not to write good laws beneficial for the public or engage in ideological debates,” writes the paper. “The main thing is … to be absolutely loyal to the boss and never disappoint him.”
“Zhamanak” claims that after giving some indications of inner-government reform the Armenian authorities are again relying on discredited individuals that symbolize their “criminal-oligarchic” nature. The paper argues that the HHK’s electoral list if full of such individuals.
“Aravot” expects the main election contenders to challenge each other to explain in the coming weeks what they have done for Armenia and its people and to claim credit for its achievements. The paper also questions the opposition notion of “being with the people.” “One may stand in the middle of Liberty Square [during an opposition rally] and be very far away from the people,” it says.