Voices from Civil Society — Mary Joyce

Via Global Voices Online: Mary Joyce writes about her excitment about the Election Blogging Guide coming to Armenia and the importance of blogging. The following are extracts from the article posted at the CRD / TI Election Monitor 2007: “…Election blogs form an important alternative space for people to talk about politics. Although traditional media such as television, radio, and the newspapers are often biased or are afraid to publish certain news, blogs offer an…

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Is it possible to hold fair elections?

In the article entitled “The Big Game” the New Option blog discusses the promises of government to hold fair elections: “…the Election Fraud machine formed in Armenia in 1995, and during the past ten years it has become some kind of a state institution on its own right. The Election fraud machine also has control over business, privatization process…: Each participant of this Big Game gains his share of access to levers of power within…

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Parliamentary Election Monitor

Another issue of the 2007 Parliamanetary Election Monitor was posted on the CRD / TI Election Monitor Blog today – focusing on all major developments of the last week. Here are some of the issues covered by this issue of the Election Monitor: News regarding the high cost of political advertising slots through the broadcast media; RFE/RL reports that some regional TV stations say they will not air political advertising any at all; Armenia Now…

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"Come and get your share of oil and rice"

That’s the message spread out by Bekaisa, ArmYouth Blog, Anoush Armenia and possibly others. while the guest blogger on the CRD/TI Election Monitor 2007 Tamar Palandjian,Youth Program Coordinator of the Civil Society Instituteon has some further details and explanations: “…a group of active young citizens are calling upon society to “wake up” from yet another long, cold and passive winter in Yerevan…” …to celebrate Barekendan this year, people will be gathering at the Komitas statue…

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Kornelij's Election Leaflet #1

Kornelij Glas has started his personal Election Leaflet – albeit a “personal and incomplete” one as he claims. Here’s a translation of what seems to be a nicely sorted account of all the main political developments in the country: 1. Opposition will most likely join forces – the matter will be finalized in the nearest times. 2. It is already clear, that the “Rule of Law” won’t join into coalition with the opposition parties. Artur…

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