“Zhamanak Yerevan” says the current chairman of the Central Election Commission, Garegin Azarian, and his two predecessors, Artak Sahradian and Khachatur Bezirjian, will go down in history as individuals who “played a decisive role in the fate of independent Armenia, having destroyed a budding electoral system, impeded the entry of democratic values into Armenia, and stunted the country’s development.” The paper says they refused to obey illegal orders from the country’s leaders, fearing the latter more than “the prospect of being denounced by future generations.”
“There is one step from Azarian to Sahradian,” reads a headline in “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “Azarian is slowly but steadily becoming a worthy successor of the previous CEC chairman, Artak Sahradian,” writes the paper. “Sahradian earned notoriety for the fact that in order to conceal violations committed during pre-election and post-election processes he had to periodically give ludicrous explanations. In short, we have a brand new Sahradian who speaks fast and can use a computer.”
The governing Republican Party’s campaign manager, Minister for Local Government Hovik Abrahamian, tells “Aravot” that the HHK has a clear message and a positive track record in government “unlike some political forces which, as always, have nothing to present to the people except insulting rivals.” “We have earned the right to be the first with our actions, and that is not just words but an objective reality,” says Abrahamian.
“We are confident about our potential and are moving forward within the framework of principles adopted by us,” the campaign manager of the Prosperous Armenia Party, Deputy Transport Minister Vartan Vartanian, tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “We don’t care what positions other parties will take and what smear campaigns they will conduct,” he says.