Disapointment with the referendum in Armenia | Den norske Helsingforskomité

Final report documents election fraud

Final report documents election fraud

Final report of joint European Platform for Democratic Elections/Citizen Observer Initiative has been published, presenting all the findings of the more than 1000 civic observers monitoring the Constitutional amendment referendum in Armenia on 6 December 2015.

-We were disappointed both with the campaign and the vote itself, says Armenia senior adviser in the Norwegian Helsinki Committee Lene Wetteland, who has been following elections in Armenia since 2008. -However, the increased violence and pressure against opposition activists that has followed the vote illustrates a further step in the wrong direction and must come to an end. Read more about pressure against opposition activists here.

According to the report, the constitutional referendum of 6 December 2015 did not comply with the norms prescribed in the Code of Good Practice on Referendums of the Council of Europe's European Commission for Democracy through Law, the Venice Commission. This includes those related to the reliability of electoral registers, securing equal voting rights, guarantee of the freedom of voters to form an opinion and express their wishes, opportunities for the proper observation of the referendum, and an effective system of appeal.

The results of the referendum do not reflect the will of the citizens of Armenia. The official results are largely forced and falsified, and the referendum and the document adopted through it are not legitimate, the report concludes.

Download the report here