Armenian opposition not ready for elections, while Prosperous Armenia is campaigning already

Armenian opposition is just not serious urges East Meets West, characterizing all except Raffi [Hovhannisyan] in the Armenian opposition as “greedy, self indulged, inept, corrupt, ‘me first’ individuals”, who do not “deserve to become a president, since none of them really care about the people and their problems”. The blogger is especially frustrated by lack of any kind of serious political manifesto, or issues raised by the opposition:

[…]They have no publicly announced plans for decreasing joblessness in Armenia (the most important issue for Armenia today), they have no such plans for the Karabakh issue, for health care, for emigration, and pretty much any other important issues.[…]

Ogostos has been looking into the political program of the newly established United Libratory National Party (MIAK) party, which was recently covered in this blog because of a well known humorist running for the Armenian parliament in that party’s list. Ogostos has defined MIAK’s programme as a package of pointless general phrases, overburdened with words like “institutes”, “systems”, “mechanisms”. However the biggest problem Ogostos has found with the party’s programme was the notion of “removing the Mass Media registration institute”, which, Ogostos reminds the party ideologists, has been abolished 4 years ago – since the adoption of the new law on mass information.
On a related note, in his analysis of the opposition programmes East Meets West poses an important question:

[…]these guys put their personal needs before the needs of the people, just like the current bunch in the power. So a question arises; Why should the people change the ruling elite if the new comers are not going to bring anything new?[…]

Well, it doesn’t look like the rulling elite really needs this kind of support for their cause from East Meets West as we can see from the post at CRD / TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007, the pro-government parties have already started campaigning, well ahead of the date for the official launch of the political campaigns:

According to the timetable of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of the Republic of Armenia, campaigning for the May Parliamentary Election should not start until “from the day following the last day of registration of the candidates and completed a day before the date of voting.” Yet, despite the CEC site making it quite clear when pre-election campaign should start, political advertising has already started, and both the opposition as well as pro-government forces are guilty.
However, with infinitely more administrative and financial resources at their disposal, pro-goverment parties such as the ruling Republican and newly formed Prosperous Armenia parties are the biggest offenders. As a result, Armenia finds itself in an interesting situation where parties engaged in early political advertising will be able to spend more than the permissible level determined by law for the pre-election campaign itself. This then begs the question whether such activities are violating the electoral code or not?

The full post in English is at the CRD/TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007 here.

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