Armenia’s President Serj Sarksian held a meeting with Ignacio Sanchez Amor, head of the OSCE short-term observation mission, and the delegation members led by him who arrived in Armenia to carry out observation mission during the parliamentary election on April 2, reports press service of the President’s Office.
President Sarksian highly appreciated the role of OSCE observation missions in Armenia’s electoral process, the continuous improvement and development of electoral system, as well as the assistance provided to Armenia over the past 25 years.
Serj Sarksian emphasized with satisfaction that the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and OSCE/ODIHR are presented with a joint strong team for the upcoming election which is led by experienced political figure Mr. Ignacio Sanchez Amor.
Highlighting that the upcoming parliamentary election is very important in terms of implementing Armenia’s effective governance vision, the President said the country’s leadership attaches importance to raising and strengthening voters trust towards the electoral process from this perspective. For that purpose, a number of provisions were adopted defining control mechanisms for legality of electoral process in the New Electoral Code. The President said such large-scale works enable to state that all preconditions exist, such as political will, legislative regulations, technical opportunities to properly hold the election in Armenia, and the leadership will do everything possible to make this a reality.
Serj Sarksian said it is strictly important that all observation missions must show a balanced, impartial approach and must make their assessments based on their own observations and reliable information. He added that Armenia’s leadership expressed readiness to assist all observation missions to carry out their work both on the election day and after that.
In his turn Ignacio Sanchez Amor assured that there will not be any specialized deviation in their work, and the OSCE/ODIHR will continue conducting its mission with the same high professional quality.
He expressed satisfaction that Armenia’s Government engaged over 30.000 local NGOs in the election observation process which include also numerous foreign citizens.
Ignacio Sanchez Amor also welcomed the ongoing reforms in Armenia.