Vote Bribes, Civil Society, Polls, Surveys & Monitoring

From next week CRD / TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007 “will start to focus on how civil society in Armenia is preparing for the election, the kind of activities NGOs are engaged in, and what people actually think.”
This particular post focused more on “vote buying” excercised during the 2003 elections and the outcomes of a recent US government funded poll (August, 2007, by International Republican Institute, the Gallup Organization and the Armenian Sociological Association) on voter attitudes.  The Monitor has some facts and figures from the study showing voter attitudes, which RFE/RL described as widespread voter cynicism while Armenia Now covered the story from a different angle and reported that 6.2 out of 10 Armenians want change and that most citizens will cast their votes.

Artur Papyan

Journalist, blogger, digital security and media consultant