STATEMENT OF NGOS ON THE LEGITIMACY OF 2013 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS OF THE RA
Armenian presidential election was held on 18 February 2013, which was unprecedented throughout the history of the Republic of Armenia. Despite their consistent efforts to minimize political competition and secure peaceful election, as well as reestablish a legitimate government instead of the current one, which has been shaped as a result of 2008 election frauds, the general lack of confidence among Armenians in the RA authorities did not diminish. 2013 presidential election was a good example of this, since according to the statistics, in multiple towns and villages the opposition candidate, Raffi Hovhannisyan, gained advantage over the current president Serj Sargsyan.
We, representatives of civil society, committed to promoting human rights and democratic governance, find that the official election results published by Central Election Commission have been distorted and the establishment of a legitimate Presidential institute has failed once again. As usual, the election was grossly rigged: misuse of administrative resources, vote buying, threats and intimidations, ballot box stuffing, absentee ballots frauds and faking of election results persisted throughout the election process, affecting the election results. This is documented in various videos posted on social network and mass media sites, as well as in the analysis of various CSOs. The members of election commission directly participated in the election frauds, while law enforcement bodies failed to take corresponding measures to prevent them. The analysis of official statistics, including the results registered in both monitored and unmonitored precincts, has revealed a vast amount of election irregularities, which have considerably affected the overall election results. It should be noted that the international election observation mission’s preliminary evaluations do not reflect the true election process and are largely conditioned by certain political factors. Such evaluations give rise to public distrust not only in the observation mission activities of European organizations, but in the international human rights standards and international democratic institutes in general. Public confidence in the integrity of electoral processes and the power to shape the government are the cornerstone of a democratic state. However, opinion polls outcomes of 18 February 2013 presidential election and post-election riots have proved once again that Armenians deeply distrust the integrity of elections and legitimacy of election results.
In view of the pressing need to reestablish public trust in election processes, we demand the RA authorities to publicize the voter lists with voters’ signatures to prove the legitimacy of the newly formed government and assure the RA citizens that their and absent citizens’ names have not been misused. Otherwise, Armenians will have all the grounds to claim that the RA presidential election results have been falcified to maintain the current government by any possible means.
Trancparency International Anti-Corruption Center
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office
“Asparez” Journalists’ Club
Helsinki Commityof Armenia
Civil Society Institute
Women’s Support Center
Women Resource Center
Open Society Foundations – Armenia
We Plus NGO
Public Information Need of Knowledge NGO
Protection of Rights without Bordes NGO