YEREVAN–Speaking about the May 25 parliamentary elections and referendum on constitution reforms–Armenia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) media relations head Azniv Garabedian said there are 2,317,945 eligible voters in Armenia–and 1,885 polling stations have been set up throughout the regions of Armenia. Based on April 2003 statistics–the population of Armenia’stands at 3,211,200.
Citizens of Armenia residing in foreign countries are allowed to participate in the referendum–and in only the proportional (party) balloting for parliamentary elections. Accordingly–thirty six polling stations will be set up throughout twenty eight countries–to include four in the US (2 LA area–NY and Washington–DC)–four in the Russian Federation–and two each in France and Syria.
Discussing upcoming elections–CEC chairman Artak Sahradian met with representatives of the US based National Democracy Institute (NDI) observation mission in Armenia to monitor elections. NDI mission head Patrick Merlot conveyed his hopes for a smooth election–indicating that CEC’s role so far in organizing the elections–and the normal course of electoral campaigning indicates appropriate control over the process.
Sahradian assured CEC’s utmost effort to avoid flaws and violations.