On May 6 at 4 p.m., Media Center hosted Barev Yerevan (Hello,Yerevan) representative Styopa Safaryan, who shared the alliance's opinion on the voting process and the outcome of the Yerevan city council election.
He states that Armenia has now appeared in an unprecedented week position, since there won't be elections in the upcoming four years' period. People have lost faith and hope, and the growing number of emigration can become a serious threat to the country.
“This election was all about collecting votes by dishonest means. If all the ballots were folded the same way, it means someone had arranged them,” says Safaryan with conviction.
He states that in this election not only incidents happened against Barev Yerevan alliance representatives, but also on the voting day a number of violations were committed, among them apparent cases prearranged voting, crowding.
“By selling their votes the society punished not only themselves, but also the opposition,” says Safaryan.
He admits that it would be preferable to have formed a representative alliance of oppositional forces prior to the election, which failed to happen for different reasons.
“PAP representative inside the polls was playing by the rules of the opposition, switching to RPA's while outside. Currently there is one issue related to Barev Yerevan alliance's potential cooperation with PAP – the field PAP will be operating in,” says Safaryan.
He believes it is important to understand the motivation of the observer organizations the majority of which were supporters of various political parties.
“Another reason why Barev Yerevan did not earn many votes was change of name. Many people called me later saying that they did not find “Heritage” on the ballot paper, so crossed all and left. In the campaign period 3 out of 10 people I met were implying, they were going to vote for Barev Yerevan,” tells Safaryan.
He is convinced that voters have common sense and understand better than politicians what is happening, hence if they want they can contribute to registering the violations, just like it happened with the person who attempted “carousel” bribing method.
“People feel strong, when somebody stands by them. People cannot be fed only by political speeches,” says Safaryan.
Full video footage can be found at the following link.