17.04.2007 | 
Policy
DISCUSSIONS ON ELECTIONS IN YSU
DISCUSSIONS ON ELECTIONS IN YSU
"Negative political figures are elected by the "good" citizens who do not take part in the elections".

This great citation made by Minister of Justice of RA Davit Harutyunyan was the logical continuation of the idea that in Armenia the voter does not always estimate the value of his/her vote. As the political and judicial systems are imperfect the voter can not see the possible change of the reality from the aspect of his vote, - said Mr. Harutyunyan.

On the 17th of April an international conference headed Twenty Years of Democratic Development: The Role of Elections in the Process of Democratization was organized in Yerevan State University.

YSU Rector Aram Simonyan mentioned that this conference is one of the events on the problems of democratization of Armenia and post soviet countries. This conference, which has gathered the leading specialists in the area of political research and analysis in Yerevan, once more states that YSU is an outstanding scientific-research center in the area of international academic collaboration, - said Rector.

According to him the glance on the democracy and elections by the example of Armenia has got an important theoretical and practical sense not only for our country and the countries of the region, but also for so called third wave countries.

Talking about the modern political reality in Armenia Davit Harutyunyan stated that the role of elections in our country is exaggerated. Do we have an established political field, powerful parties, because just they provide the constant and predictable development of the country? Is there a multiparty system in Armenia?

The minister gave answers to the questions proposed by him: Officially we have got more than 70 parties. But if we observe attentively the way passed by each of them, we will see that the major part of them has not had any significant role in the political life of the country. Mr. Harutyunyan is sure that this is the very time to provide with judicial regulation the existence of the parties, which just block the political field, and to find ways to enlarge the parties.

The fact that the struggle in Armenia is not for political ideas and projects but just between the parties, is not news, especially, when, the party is established round some individual and can not exist without him. But the fact that the newly established party appears in the National Assembly after the first elections, according to Mr. Harutyunyan, is a new phenomena in the practice throughout the world and states about the imperfect political field.

Different discussions were made during the conference. Among the reporters were OSCE Representative in Armenia Vladimir Pryakin, independent expert Richard Kirakosyan and others.

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