Online discussion: Reflecting on the Mayoral and City Council elections in Yerevan, Armenia
The European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) cordially invites you to an online discussion on Monday, 18 September at 1pm CEST (3pm Yerevan time), to reflect on the Mayoral and City Council elections which are held this Sunday, 17 September.
14 candidates are running for the seat of Mayor of Yerevan which have been vacant since Hrachya Sargsyan stepped down in March 2023 after less than two years in office.
With more than a third of the Armenian population living in the capital, the Mayoral and City Council elections in Yerevan are of the highest national interest and shape developments for the whole country.
It was a heated election campaign and observers report on active use of administrative resources during the run-up to Voting Day. Observers are critical over the response of the Central Election Commission to reported violations.
With our experts and EPDE platform members Sona Ayvazyan (Transparency International Anticorruption Center (TIAC)) and Vardine Grigoryan (Helsinki Citizens Assembly Vanadzor (HCAV)) we will discuss:
- What are first conclusions from the observation of the election?
- Which electoral reform recommendations have been implemented since 2017 and which are still pending?
- What needs to be amended to further improve democratic elections in Armenia?
The event takes place in Yerevan and will be live-streamed on facebook. You can participate by asking your questions to the experts in the comment section. We will make sure to forward them to the moderator.
Sona Ayvazyan, Executive Director at Transparency International Anticorruption Center (TIAC)
Vardine Grigoryan, Democracy Monitoring and Reporting Coordinator at Helsinki Citizens Assembly Vanadzor (HCAV)
Genya Petrosyan, co-founder and the director at Law Development and Protection Foundation
Moderater: Mark Dovich, Reporter, CivilNetTV
Time: 1-2.30 PM CEST (3-4.30pm local time)
Date: Monday, 18 September
Format: Online (facebook)