OSCE Election Observation Mission to Armenia

April 2012

On 6 May, Armenians will elect 131 National Assembly deputies under a mixed electoral system for five-year terms, with 90 elected under a proportional system in a nationwide constituency and 41 in single-mandate constituencies under a majoritarian system.

The OSCE/ODIHR's February 2012 Needs Assessmentreport notes positive amendments to the Electoral Code addressing previous recommendations. However, it also anticipates a heated campaign and flags up concerns including possible multiple voting, the misuse of administrative resources and pressure on business people supporting opposition parties, and concerns about potential misuse of voter lists in the context of a new arrangement to permit downloading of voter lists from the internet.

The OSCE/ODIHR will be sending a full Election Observation Mission and has already begun the recruitment process. The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has selected ERIS to recruit and manage the deployment of UK observers for the OSCE/ODIHR EOM to Armenia. We are sending UK 2 LTOs (of a total of 24 for the mission). They will be deployed from 26 March to 14 May.

We will also recruit and select STOs as soon as the OSCE/ODIHR confirms the dates and the numbers they will deploy.