YEREVAN (A.W.)—The ARF Supreme Council of Armenia on May 8 issued a statement regarding the recent parliamentary elections in Armenia, saying they “did not reflect the will of the people, nor did [they] register a fair representation of the political forces in the country.”
“It became clear that the widespread election fraud was planned and implemented outside the voting center, on May 6 and before,” the statement read. “The representatives of the ruling coalition secured a large numbers of votes through the mobilization of the full resources of the state and administration, as well as through the distribution of unprecedented amounts of election bribe.”
“Doubtless, bribes played a critical role in shaping the outcome of the elections,” the party noted. “Subjected to dire economic circumstances” and “alienated from the state,” the “absolute majority” of Armenian citizens did not perform their election duties freely, according to the ARF. “Through bribes and intimidation, the ruling elites reproduced themselves.”
“These results also mean that the political forces, including the ARF, have not been capable yet to root in the public at large the political awareness to elect their leaders with dignity and freedom.”
The ARF concluded its statement by noting that it considers the election results as the beginning of a new phase, and stressed the continuation of the struggle until regime change is accomplished.