ASHTON & FÜLE: ARMENIAN ELECTIONS SHOW PROGRESS BUT CONCERNS REMAIN

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, and Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle hailed progress made by the Armenian authorities in their strive to hold the presidential elections on 18 February in line with international standards, but said they expected “a number of outstanding concerns to be followed up appropriately in the future.” In a joint statement issued today, Ashton and Füle welcomed the preliminary findings and conclusions of the International Election Observation Mission on the conduct of the elections.

Ashton and Füle welcomed “further progress made by the Armenian authorities in their efforts to hold these presidential elections in line with international standards, notably through improved administration of the electoral process, ensuring possibilities for candidates to campaign freely and better quality of the voter lists.”

However, they said some concerns remained and should be addressed in the future, including “reported instances of partiality by public servants, claims of misuse of administrative resources, unclear interpretation of campaign financing provisions and cases of pressure on voters.”

The High Representative and the Commissioner called on the Armenian authorities “to undertake an inclusive and transparent process of amendments to the election-related legislation, in line with the OSCE/ODIHR’s recommendations following the parliamentary elections of May 2012.”

22.02.2013

Source: ENPI Info Centre