“Zhamanak” says that unlike the situation in Armenia and around the world the electoral discourse of Armenian political groups and figures has not evolved in the last four years. The paper says political programs and platforms trumpeted by them create a sense of déjà vu. “The authorities have not changed. Nor have they been changed by the opposition,” it says. “To put it mildly, there is a strong sense that we will see more of the same this time around if the society follows the example of the political forces and treats the current electoral process the way it always did.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says there are no problems with freedom of speech in Armenia in the run-up to the parliamentary elections. “The course of the election campaign is once again convincingly proving that freedom of speech in our country is practically not restricted in any way without any trouble and say whatever crosses their minds.”
“Yerkir” claims that all three parties making up the country’s ruling coalition are now trying to dodge responsibility for government policies which they agreed to share in 2008. “Whenever there is a need to defend themselves the coalition forces create themselves some virtual wicked witch and try to tell people that that invisible witch is to blame for all problems and woes,” says the paper. “And whenever there is a need to attack they immediately put on rosy glasses. The coalition has turned into a meaningless co-existence.”
“When you watch the election campaign you realize that only party leaders hope to garner votes,” writes “Hraparak.” “They have now put their authority and personal political capital up for sale.”
“Zhoghovurd” says the election campaign is demonstrating that “there is no party in the country that is trusted unconditionally.” “The society is equally disappointed with the opposition and pro-government parties,” says the paper. Armenians, it says, are “tired of empty promises” and want to see “real steps” that have not been taken for many years. “As a result, the deficit of trust in our country has increased so much that it’s hard to say how the people would react even to positive steps taken by those in power,” concludes the paper.