“Zhamanak” says that Armenian political forces usually spend winters and summers promising supporters that they will soon provoke momentous political developments in the country. “They always say or hint that ‘we are not taking a break to do big things, to change the situation, to spark fateful developments and so on in the autumn or spring,” says the paper. “That increasingly testifies to the opposite: the impotence of the opposition and political forces in general. For otherwise they would not have continued feeding the public with autumn or spring declarations or hints. That tendency of seasonal politics shows that political parties in Armenia are not viable.” This is why, the paper says, parties are increasingly overshadowed by smaller but more effective civic organizations and individuals.
“Aravot” says Armenia’s notoriously inaccurate voter registers could have important ramifications for the upcoming local elections. “Talk of elections will again intensify in September,” the paper says in an editorial. “Representatives of political forces will certainly also address voter lists. The oppositionists, for instance, claim that thanks to the inaccurate lists the authorities get a sizable pool of ‘dead souls’ before the elections. Different figures are cited in that regard, ranging from 100 to half a million. It’s hard to gauge those figures. But there is no doubt that the authorities utilize those inaccuracies.”
“Aravot” believes that instead of only complaining about the lists the opposition and civic groups should genuinely fight to have them corrected. The paper says they can clarify by themselves the real number of voters residing in Armenia.
“Azg” comments on an ethics committee set up by Armenia’s new parliament. “Although one should not pin big hopes on that committee because its members are National Assembly deputies … the existence of such a committee can slightly hold in check the most exotic and notorious deputies of our diverse National Assembly and those who have considered themselves omnipotent until now,” writes the paper.