Three of Armenia’s leading political groups could stage joint protests if the authorities falsify the results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections, a leader of the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) said on Tuesday.
President Serzh Sarkisian on Monday again pledged to spare no effort to make the upcoming parliamentary elections the most democratic in Armenia’s history, saying that the Armenian government needs to enjoy sufficient legitimacy.
In an interview with “Haykakan Zhamanak,” Artsvik Minasian, a senior member of the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), stresses the importance of a joint election structure set up by Dashnaktsutyun, the Armenian National Congress (HAK) and the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK).
A member of Armenia’s governing coalition and two leading opposition forces said on Friday that they will appeal to the Constitutional Court to strike down a legal provision they believe enables the authorities to rig the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Schoolchildren, teachers and other public-sector employees have been pressured to attend election campaign rallies held by the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said on Friday.