The project is designed to organize an observation mission to observe and provide recommendations for the upcoming elections in December 2018. Elections have been one of the most disputed policy areas in Armenia; hence, there will be a lot of international, European and Armenian interest in the upcoming elections exercise. This project aims to support Armenia’s efforts to harmonize the Armenian electoral framework with international standards and recommendations and providing citizens and civil society information from an observation mission purely led by election experts from the region. The observation mission by the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) will conduct an overall assessment of the pre- and post-electoral process, in line with international standards for election observations.
The project will support to civil society organizations (CSOs) to carry out activities to advance political rights, civic engagement, democratic reform and dialogue. The project will have important elements of supporting gender equality; the rights of persons belonging to minorities, the rights of persons with disabilities and freedom of belief, expression and thought.
Actions in Brief
This is the first observation mission of the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations in Armenia. ENEMO launched activities in the beginning of November 2018 and the observation mission will stay in Armenia for close to six weeks after the elections and depart in mid-January 2019. ENEMO has submitted documents to the Central Election Commission (CEC) to facilitate accreditation of 6 Core Team members, 8 Long-Term Observers (LTOs) and 60 Short-Term Observers (STOs) for the upcoming early parliamentary elections.
ENEMOs four teams of Long-Term Observers (LTOs) - 8 persons in total –started their observations on November 16. The LTO teams will work out of Yerevan, Ijevan, Gyumri and Kapan). On Election Day, the Short-Term Observers plans to observe at least 510 polling stations, which represents about 25% of all polling stations in Armenia, and observe opening, voting and counting procedures as well as the transfer of protocols.
The project is result of discussions between the European Union and ENEMO for several months on raising more awareness in the Neighborhood region, in Europe and in international meetings and discussions on election observation of the electoral experience in Armenia. However, the most prominent objective is to facilitate European civil society organizations and their partners to deploy electoral experts to observe the preparations and conduct of elections and to contribute to further democratic development of Armenia.
Through discussions with Armenian electoral stakeholder, ENEMO observers will learn more about the political context in Armenia and citizens expectations to political parties, candidates and the future of Armenia. The ENEMO team will report on key findings and recommendations, based on an independent, impartial and professional observation mission focusing on observing that the will of voters to elect their representatives will be respected. ENEMO will issue an interim report, a preliminary statement and a final report to inform Armenian citizens and electoral stakeholders about the conduct of the early National Assembly Elections in Armenia.
Duration: 01/11/2018 – 30/04/2019 (6 months)
Total project budget: EUR 323,272.00
EU contribution: EUR 208,735.00
Location: Republic of Armenia
Implementing Partners: European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO)