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EU and OSCE sign agreement to enhance co-operation with Armenia on election administration

A long-term co-operation agreement has been signed between the OSCE Office in Yerevan and the Armenian Central Electoral Commission (CEC), promoting efficient election administration and other international election-related efforts, according to a press release issued yesterday by the EU Delegation to Armenia.

The major part of the assistance package will be provided through a €1.7 million project, implemented by the OSCE Office in Yerevan and funded by the EU. The election administration project envisages facilitation of technical, educational and informational support to the Armenian CEC for the forthcoming parliamentary elections in 2012 and the presidential election in 2013.
 
While it is acknowledged that genuine electoral reform and the conduct of democratic elections depend primarily on the political will and resources of domestic players, the role of the international community with its collecting positive engagement is an important contribution to promoting democratic elections in line with internationally recognized standards,” said Andrey Sorokin, Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan.
 
The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Traian Hristea noted the decisive role of the CEC in ensuring free and fair elections in Armenia.
 
Key areas of co-operation under the agreement signed include:
  • provision of technical equipment for the streamlined operation of the automated “Elections” system;
  • modernisation of the CEC’s internal computer network;
  • training for election officials and observers;
  • production of informational and awareness raising materials for voters.

 

The OSCE Office in Yerevan has been providing assistance to promote electoral reform in Armenia since 2000. It has co-ordinated and chaired the international working group on elections, as well as streamlined the international community’s efforts in reforming election legislation, improving election administration, raising public awareness and strengthening domestic observation groups. (ENPI Info Centre)


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Press release
 
European External Action Service - Armenia

ENPI Info Centre – Armenia webportal
 
ENPI Info Centre Press Pack - Perceptions of the EU in Armenia
 
EU Delegation to Armenia

 


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