On March 22 Media Center hosted a discussion-press-conference on “The Opportunities of Armenia's Political Forces Prior to Yerevan City Council Elections” with participation of Zoya Tadevosyan (Armenian National Congress, ANC), Tigran Urikhanyan (Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP), Hovhannes Hovhannisyan (Orinats Yerkir party (Rule of Law), OEK), David Sanasaryan (Heritage party), Artur Yeghiazaryan (Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsutyun, ARF) and Manuk Sukiasyan (Mission political party).
Representatives of all the political forces running in the municipal elections, except the ruling Republicans, stressed that they would do their best and “join forces to fight election violations and minimize election fraud”.
Zoya Tadevosyan (ANC) said that despite the fact that the opposition once again failed to unite for elections (take part with a single list), ANC believes the most important thing is the cooperation in terms of voting control mechanisms.
“What matters most to us is united struggle against fraud in all the election processes,” said Tadevosyan, holding the top second position on the ANC list.
Prosperous Armenia party spokesman Tigran Urikhanyan stressed that they pursue serious goals by their participation in the forthcoming municipal election, namely “to bring about actual changes in people's lives”.
Armenian Revolutionary Party Dashnaktsutyun member Artur Yeghiazaryan said in reference to people's attitude to these elections, that the society is extremely disappointed, because it had expected united opposition's participation; however, he added that “it is possible to overcome the public disappointment in the elections”.
The representatives of political forces stressed that the abuse of administrative resources has started, and it can be traced in various spheres.
“The current has, in fact, started his premature campaign with his recently more enthusiastic activities,” says David Sanasaryan topping the list of the Heritage party, adding that the mayor's charity work is showcased as well as praise is not spared for the work he has done in general.
Manuk Sukiasyan, political board member of newly founded Mission party, pointed out that there is no true progress, it is simply cosmetic beautification, and that street lights cannot be viewed as a sign of progress, when, for example in Noragyugh district, which is part Kentron community, “people use torches as a source of light when out in the streets”.
“We are not an underdeveloped, banana country, to have only the city center illuminated, decorated and beautified to show progress. There are other much more fundamental issues,” said Sukiasyan.
The full video footage of the discussion can be found at link .