Press release - 431(2009)

Congress delegation concerned about lawfulness of elections in Yerevan, Armenia  

Yerevan, 29.05.2009 - After several meetings with government officials, election candidates and the media, the mission of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe to observe the municipal elections in Yerevan (Armenia), scheduled for 31 May, has expressed deep concern over various, repeated reports of irregularities, and in particular intimidation tactics during the election campaign.

The delegation has accordingly requested, on 29 May, a further meeting with Armen Gevorgyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Territorial Development, and Garegin Azaryan, Chair of the Central Electoral Commission, to scrutinise the situation and the lawfulness of the electoral procedures.

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Press contact in Yerevan:

Renate Zikmund, Head of the Congress Division of Communication, International Relations and Election Observation, tel. +33 6 59 78 64 55;

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