19:21, May 30, 2012
She noted that if all Armenia’s citizens took pride in their work, many things would change in the country. The singer added that it wasn’t shameful to work for a small pay check but that it was a shame not to work.
13:26, May 29, 2012
The recent May 6 parliamentary elections were a complete setback. Just look at the numbers. As of 2009, there were 20 opposition MPs. The new legislature will start out with only 15.
17:40, May 23, 2012
On 15 April, 2012, at about 06:30 p.m., V. Vardanyan beat B. Garoyan near the entrance of Svatsyan 44 building by causing light damage to the health with short-term disorder. On 16 April, 2012, a criminal case was initiated pursuant to the Article 117 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia.
18:23, May 21, 2012
On May 7, 2012, Vardges Gaspari made a report in the Central Division of the Police informing that on May 6, 2012, he was Levon Zurabyan’s proxy in the precincts 9/15 and 9/16 (Aregnazan school). Some people acted like hooligans and gathered in the precincts hindering the implementation of his activities as a proxy.
14:52, May 15, 2012
Armenia’s Free Democrats party, which contested the May 6 parliamentary elections on a unified proportional slate with the Heritage Party, today charged the government with exploiting the desperate socio-economic conditions of the people to rig the elections via financial and other administrative pressures.
11:03, May 15, 2012
The Republic of Armenia and its citizens find themselves in grave systemic crisis. The parliamentary polls held on May 6 have delivered a nationwide abyss deeper and more ominous than ever before.
19:56, May 14, 2012
On 11 May, the journalist of the “GALA” TV of Gyumri N. Nalbandyan reported that on 5 May, he had gone to the polling station 33 located in School 30 of Gyumri with the purpose to get explanations from the commission. The commission chairman G. Hovhannisyan had refused to provide information, quarreled with him and hindered the implementation of his activities.
19:48, May 14, 2012
On 11 May, the 34/20 precinct commission chairman A. Hovhannisyan reported that on 6 May, at 08:00 a.m., the representative of Kentron TV H. Sargsyan had entered 34/20 precinct and tried to place a camera near the ballot booth and to violate the secrecy of voting.
13:22, May 11, 2012
Samvel Aleksanyan, the businessman/MP who was re-elected to the Armenian parliament on May 6, told Hetq that he will be rewarding the best staffers in his campaign headquarters with awards of $20,000 and holidays in Dubai.
14:37, May 08, 2012
The Heritage Party stated today that while it regards the May 6 parliamentary election as substantially flawed, it will wait till it compares the numbers provided by the Central Electoral Commission with reports received from Heritage Party reps on local election committees before issuing its final assessment.
13:56, May 08, 2012
The ARF argues that the members of the ruling coalition were able to garner such large vote results “due to the complete utilization state and administrative levers and unprecedented amounts of financial resources that were channelled into election bribes.”
13:05, May 08, 2012
Hetq has learnt that around 2 am on May 7, when Armen Sargsyan, President of the Ajgevan village election committee was transporting election documents to the town of Armavir for processing, his car was stopped by a son of one of the above-mentioned MPs.
15:20, May 07, 2012
Vladimir Karapetyan (photo l.) the ANC candidate who lost to Samvel Farmanyants of ruling Republican Party, told Hetq that he might dispute the results of the voting in Election District #2.
14:14, May 07, 2012
84 reports have been processed until 11:00 p.m., May 6, 20 of which were received on the Hot Line of the Prosecutor General's Office and 50 reports were processed as a result of the mass media monitoring conducted by the Prosecutor General's Office.
14:07, May 07, 2012
Hakob Hakobyan, of the ruling Republican Party, says he does not accept the victory of the declared winner, Sedrak (the General) Saroyan, an independent candidate running in the single mandate race from Election District 19.
11:08, May 07, 2012
Out of the 41 single mandate seats up for grabs in yesterday’s parliamentary elections, results issued by the Central Electoral Commission show that the ruling Republican Party swept all but nine.
00:09, May 07, 2012
The early volatile ink was not let to be changed in the 1/11 polling station at 11:15. This was informed from the very precinct by the “Heritage” party representative Seda Safaryan. “Heritage” party member Susanna Barkhudaryan voting in 5/12 polling station reported that the number of the people in the center of the precinct place exceeds the number allowed by law and makes over 31 people. A protocol is drawn up and signed by the secretary. “Heritage” party member Anahit Bakhshyan received an alert that in 32/23 polling station an open voting was implemented for the RPA candidate Karen Karapetyan. According to the 14/14 precinct committee chairman Epraqsya Matevosyan the head of Karbi community Frunze Nazaretyan being a proxy person at the same time, has entered the precinct place with the badge of the Republican Party and has refused to take it off as a way of agitation. “Heritage” Party member Anahit Bakhshyan has called RA General Prosecutor’s Office in connection with this and informed prosecutor Koryun Piloyan about the case.
18:14, May 06, 2012
The woman in the photo holding a bunch of papers alleged to be a copy of the local voting rolls is Marineh Hakobyan. For most of the day she has been seen strolling around outside the polling station and sometimes popping inside asking about the voting numbers.
15:03, May 06, 2012
Escorted by family members, included his son (photo), Sargsyan said that the government had put in place all necessary measures to ensure that these elections would take place in an atmosphere of legality.
13:56, May 06, 2012
One woman complained that she had been waiting for 10 minutes and that the hall wasn’t big enough. A fellow voter said the long lines were a positive sign that the turnout was heavy.
13:07, May 06, 2012
The umbrella election monitoring body, comprised of the ANC, Prosperous Armenia and ARF, has released a statement calling on government agencies and international observers to focus their attention on the widespread problem of disappearing ink stamps registered in passports of those who have already cast ballots.
11:04, May 06, 2012
Heritage Party MP Anahit Bakhshyan filed a report earlier today with the Prosecutor General that the mayor of Karbi village was interfering with the work of the local election committee.
10:52, May 06, 2012
At 8:30 today, Prosperous Armenia Party election proxies called the RA Prosecutor General’s Office, claiming that Spartak Ghoukasyan, the son of the Gyumri mayor (photo) snatched a video camera from a member of Kentron TV at polling station 34/25.
09:18, May 06, 2012
Hetq has been informed that the ink stamp used on passports of citizens who have voted, is “mysteriously disappearing” even before they leave the 6/01 polling station in Yerevan’s Ajapnyak district.
00:41, May 06, 2012
It seems that the Rule of Law party, a junior coalition member, had no use for this law. Hetq received word that bribes, in the form of cell phones, were being distributed by the party in the Sarahart neighbourhood in the northern town of Alaverdi at around 7pm.
23:51, May 04, 2012
In this interview with Hetq Online, Baroness Nicholson, the head of the PACE elections observation mission, discusses the role of the parliamentary observers, the various aspects of the mission, progress in pre-election activities and her optimism for a brighter Armenia.
22:58, May 04, 2012
Perhaps this is the reason why individual reps of the political forces, and not the parties themselves, used the internet and various social networks to present the public with an overall image of the parties, their activities and underlying motivations.
15:34, May 04, 2012
To National Platforms and participants past and present of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, independent Civil Society Organisations and election monitors in Eastern Partnership countries
10:45, May 04, 2012
In this interview with Hetq Online, National Assembly and Party Bureau member Vahan Hovhannisyan of the ARF-Dashnaktsutyun discusses the lack of democracy in Armenia, the methods to prevent electoral fraud, cooperation with other parties in the National Assembly, implementing a socialist agenda and strengthening civil society.
09:14, May 03, 2012
On his financial disclosure, he claims to own no house, land or car. He received a 1.9 million AMD salary as Chief of Staff. His other income, 86.8 million AMD, derives from shares in the company, Tashir Invest Group.
17:12, May 02, 2012
In this interview with Hetq Online, former Minister of Justice and current National Assembly State and Legal Affairs Standing Committee Chair Davit Harutyunyan discusses the Republican party platform, combatting election fraud, addressing public discontent with the authorities and connecting with Armenian citizens.
12:40, May 02, 2012
Despite his young age, Gevorgyan has amassed a sizeable amount of financial resources when compared to his opponents. Another asset in his favour is that he’s the son-in-law of RA Chief of Police Vladimir Kasparyan.
15:54, May 01, 2012
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), in cooperation with the Central Electoral Commission (CEC), is administering nationwide training for Precinct Election Commissioners in advance of the May 6th National Assembly elections. The program targets nearly 14,000 PEC commissioners.
15:22, May 01, 2012
The OSCE PA observation mission to Armenia this week will include more than 70 participants. The delegation to observe the country’s 6 May parliamentary elections will be led by Francois Xavier de Donnea (Belgium).
14:47, April 30, 2012
In this hotly contested seat, it’s the opposition candidate Saribek Soukiasyan with the deep pockets going up against Garegin Noushikyan, the ruling party’s candidate with the inside connections.
13:43, April 30, 2012
Aghvan Vardanyan, who is the campaign coordinator for the ARF, told reporters today that he was convinced that the party would win at least 20% of the votes cast in the May parliamentary elections.
17:53, April 28, 2012
The stations have followed the rules for the most part and have provided equal time to all political forces in the race. As to whether the parties have been able to utilize these resources is less dependent on the stations than the financial and creative possibilities of the parties themselves.
22:20, April 27, 2012
The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) within the framework of its youth school program today convened the second session of a thematic workshop series, entitled “Peculiarities of Transitional Societies,” with a presentation by ACNIS analyst Saro Saroyan.
13:42, April 25, 2012
In contrast to the last parliamentary election campaign in Armenia, this time around, the political parties contesting for seats are plugging away by using more general, pie in the sky promises, to lure voters to their side.
14:40, April 23, 2012
He said that Heritage would make sure that government “fat” in the form of security staffs, bodyguards, expensive SUV’s, and other luxuries now enjoyed by bureaucrats and state officials, would be cut and the savings ploughed back into the budget.
15:27, April 20, 2012
“No one can force me to vote for a particular candidate. I have my own mind to follow. They can’t bribe me. It’s my right as a citizen and I’m beholden to no one,” said the feisty senior.
13:02, April 19, 2012
On 8 April, 2012, parliamentary candidate Anushavan Nikoghosyan reported to the Tashir Police Division that on the same day the Tashir mayor hindered the placement of advertising posters.
18:25, April 18, 2012
An OSCE-supported guidebook summarizing the platforms, activities and goals of political parties running for 6 May parliamentary elections in Armenia was presented today in Yerevan.
18:00, April 17, 2012
ANC - But the slogan’s formulation is quite a retreat. In 2008, the ANC was talking about victory. Coupled with loudspeakers blaring Beethoven’s 9th symphony, it was all quite intoxicating. It was a time of self-confidence and no concessions.
22:00, April 16, 2012
Yerevan—Heritage Party leader Raffi K. Hovannisian met at the German Embassy today with Ms. Cornelia Pieper, the Federal Republic's State Minister for Foreign Affairs. Conferring at the invitation of German Ambassador Hans-Jochen Schmidt, they addressed Armenia's democratic challenges, European aspirations, and broader geopolitical developments.
16:19, April 16, 2012
In particular, according to G. Arustamyan’s report, on 15 April, 2012 at about 06:40 p.m. a group of unknown young man beat her and ANC proportional list candidate Babken Garoyan in the entrance of Svatsyan 44 building. B. Garoyan got injuries on the nose and different parts of the body.
11:59, April 16, 2012
Hetq speaks with former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian about his membership in the Prosperous Armenia Party and the party’s long-term program, the importance of free and fair National Assembly elections, planned measures to combat electoral fraud and voter apathy.
22:00, April 14, 2012
Yesterday, when Prosperous Armenian Party leader Gagik Tsarukyan was on a campaign tour of Armavir and meeting with the villagers, I was taken aback by the throngs literally begging for money and gifts.
15:59, April 13, 2012
During a campaign stop in the town of Etchmiadzin, Prosperous Armenia Party head Gagik Tsarukyan got down on his hands and knees to shake hands with members of the crowd and to accept their petition letters.
15:36, April 13, 2012
Heritage rejects Nikoyan’s proposal as completely unfeasible. With only 5 MPs present at the plenary session during which it was introduced—most of them from the Heritage Party—the Fourth Session of the National Assembly showed that Armenia’s parliament has ceased to exist as a functional structure.
15:17, April 13, 2012
In this interview with Hetq, former RA Foreign Minister Alexander Arzoumanian discusses political life after splitting from the Armenian National Congress, the Free Democrats party’s union with Heritage, the essentials for democratic National Assembly elections, enabling proper government and mobilizing the youth.
17:40, April 11, 2012
The Heritage Party condemns the physical assault on independent MP candidate Meruzhan Mkhoyan that took place on Friday, April 6. Running in the single-mandate constituency No. 21 in the Armavir region—and opposed in the race by Republican-backed Aleksan Petrosian—Mkhoyan withdrew his candidacy as a direct result of the assault.
12:00, April 10, 2012
The decision to join Sargsyan's team in 2008 was quite judicious politically since it prevented further domestic instability that might have lead to further bloodshed and outside aggression.
11:50, April 10, 2012
On Sunday, thousands gathered at the Armenia Marriott Hotel in Yerevan to witness the Heritage Party officially launch its national campaign for next month’s parliamentary elections.
15:04, April 05, 2012
Simply put, it’s a convenient way to get around the restrictions placed on them as government functionaries when it comes to campaigning in the run-up to the May parliamentary elections.
16:56, April 04, 2012
We’re talking about the “virtual” scene – the internet. These sites have become the prime source of news and information for a growing number of Armenian citizens that have access to a computer and the web.
18:30, March 28, 2012
Khachatur Kokobelyan has been appointed the head of Heritage headquarters, with vice- coordinators Gevorg Kalenchyan and David Arakelyan. Karapet Rubinyan, Alexander Arzoumanian, and Ruben Hakobyan have been appointed as political advisers. Stepan Safaryan will assume responsibility for the electoral program, while Hovsep Khurshudyan will remain the party speaker.