ERIS supports observation of Armenian presidential elections

March 2013

 

ERIS supported the democratic process around the Armenian presidential elections on 18 February, selecting long-term and short-term observers for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)'s election observation mission (more details here).

ERIS also participated in an election Task Force to assist the Armenian National Platform of the Civil Society Forum Eastern Partnership in its election observation.

Task Force meets with Helsinki Citizens' Assembly in Vanadzor, © Mikheil Mirziashvili

The Task Force, comprising eight election and civil society experts from Eastern Partnership and EU countries (Belarus, Georgia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Austria and the UK) was in Armenia for a week to advise NGOs in their observation of the electoral process and exchange best practice. It held meetings with political parties, civil society organisations, representatives of the diplomatic community, observer groups and media in Yerevan, Gyumri and Vanadzor.

  

Citizens checking the voters' list on election day, © European Platform for Democratic Elections

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a European Union initiative with six countries in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It was launched in 2009 and aims to bring EaP countries closer to the EU through political association and economic integration. The Civil Society Forum (CSF) promotes contacts among civil society organisations of the Eastern Partnership. Read more here.