“Zhamanak” suggests the Friday rally of the main opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) marks the de-facto start of the campaign in the May parliamentary elections. “But this start is given at a time when two opposition groups, the HAK and Heritage, remain divided, at a time when the government has mounted a considerable challenge to the opposition in the form of disgracefully fraudulent voter lists and its ambitions of forming an absolute majority as a result of the elections,” the paper writes.
On the subject of the HAK’s demonstration “Hayots Ashkhar” writes: “While the statements at such rallies are about ensuring free and fair elections, fighting fraud and vote rigging, in reality the HAK regards the protest electorate as fuel for a revolution that it will attempt to stage after the May 6 vote. But revolutionaries do not need fair elections.”
In an interview with “Irates de facto” HAK member Grigor Harutiunian slams the ruling coalition parties over their early campaigning and distribution of electoral bribes, which, he says, hardly makes the current elections any different from the previous ones. “The HAK will not be buying votes, as it has stated it is coming to put an end to the gangster state. Everyone is leaving the country today... How can the government be trusted in such conditions?” the oppositionist says.
“Yerkir” cites the results of its recent polls suggesting that most people in Armenia do not know their representatives in parliament by names, but they do recognize them by their nicknames. “In other words, their image is not them, but their nicknames. These people do not need elections, they need the results of elections, which are often rigged without their involvement,” the daily concludes.