The EU Delegation to Armenia and the Council of Europe have launched a new joint project on long-term electoral assistance to the country’s election-related stakeholders. The project is funded via a special EU-Council of Europe budget to support Eastern Partnership countries in 2015-2017, reports the EU Delegation.
The project will provide technical support to a wide range of Armenian institutions and people involved in organising the elections expected to be held in April 2017. According to the EU Delegation to Armenia, the activities include efforts to enhance the transparency and effectiveness of the Central Election Commission and electoral commissions at other levels in line with international standards.
The EU-Council of Europe project will also help strengthen the capacity of domestic observers teams and strive to increase the participation of young Armenians who will be first- or second-time voters in the upcoming elections. The project will also focus on increasing the participation of women at all levels of the electoral process with particular attention to their role as voters and candidates.
“The international community, mainly through the observations of the OSCE/ODIHR, has frequently expressed deep concern about the electoral processes in Armenia. There is a strong need to restore confidence and trust in the legitimacy of elections in Armenia,” said the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, at the official launch of the project.
The project will run until June 2017 and EU has provided a total of €302,000, states the EU Delegation Newsletter. (EU Neighbourhood Info)