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Voices from Civil Society

CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007  introduces an important new feature to their blog:

One feature that will take a prominent place on this blog will be providing guest bloggers from civil society and international organizations the opportunity to express their opinion on the parliamentary election. They may also use this opportunity to raise awareness of their organization’s activities in the election period.

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Politics

Political Advertising and Election Campaign Finances

CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007 directs readers’ attention to the issue of Political Advertising, Party Finances kicking off from the recent RFE/RL reports that two leading opposition political parties are complaining about the high cost of political advertisements for the coming parliamentary election. For a more detailed analyses and links to relevant documents on partisan news coverage by OSCE from the 2003 presidential election and CRD/TI report on campaign finances during the previous 2003 elections visit the Election Monitor 2007 post here.

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Seyran Saroyan and Yosemite-sam

Nazarian has spotted/uploaded the photos of this lovely pair: Seyran_Saroyan and Yosemite-sam, one of whom will be definately running for the Armenian Parliament – according to the post “Hilarious Lookalikes” by the Armenian-Libertarian Socialist Movement.

Seyran_Saroyan via nazarian. Yosemite-sam via nazarian.
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Denier of Armenian trafficking phenomenon will run for Parliament

Martuni or Bust say’s “Denier of Armenian trafficking phenomenon” – RA Minister of Justice David Harouiunian has made a decision to run for the forthcoming parliamentary elections by the proportional list of the Republican Party of Armenia.

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Oneworld on the Move

Onnik Krikorian is moving his 2007 Parliamentary Election Monitor series of posts to a new location:

“…With the unofficial launch of an Election Monitor blog conducted through the Center for Regional Development / Transparency International, the Parliamentary Election Monitor will now be available at:

http://blog.transparency.am…”

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Economy

The Listing of 1000 Largest Taxpayers in Armenia

The Armenian Economist praises the State Tax Services agency for publishing the listing of the 1000 largest taxpayers in Armenia, along with the amount of taxes they had paid, breaks it down by type: including the custom duties, direct taxes (profit and personal income), and VAT among others.
The Economist also indicates the need for the State Tax Services to include important additional details in the listing, as well as points media and analysts as the ones responsible for analysing the content of the listing:

“…The media and analysts also have a responsibility for accurate and objective analysis of the reported information. Many are correct in highlighting the low taxes paid by some local businesses. Others, and despite of the best of intentions, have drawn some outlandish inferences from the tax figures reported over time…”

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Blogrel to Opposition: …and you want to run the country?

Harmic on the Blogrel criticizes the violent infighting in one of Armenia’s oldest conservative opposition parties : “The Union for Constitutional Rights”:

If these guys can’t even act in a civil manner towards their own colleagues, how on earth are they going to discuss issues of war and peace with Aliyev and Gul, Genocide Recognition around the world , control the various criminal elements in the country..amongst Armenia’s other obstacles.