FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2018
Contact: Sevag Belian (613) 235-2622
Today, the Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC) joins the international community in welcoming the fair and democratic conduct of Armenia’s early parliamentary elections that were held on Sunday, December 9th.
Sunday’s early parliamentary elections were praised as being the most fair and democratic elections held in Armenia, since gaining independence in 1991.
In their preliminary official statement released today, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) international observer mission stated, “The 9 December early parliamentary elections were held with respect for fundamental freedoms and enjoyed broad public trust that needs to be preserved through further electoral reforms.”
Following Election Day, the head of the OSCE/ODIHR Observer Mission, Ursula Gacek said, “Armenia has never had such elections”, dubbing it as the most fair and democratic one in Armenia’s history.
Commenting on the elections, ANCC President Shahen Mirakian said, “These elections give us a sense of assurance that Armenia has solidified its commitment to democratic standards and is on a path to becoming an exemplary model in its immediate region.”
“In a geographical area identified by autocratic and rogue states, Armenia now stands as a beacon of hope and progress, and we are particularly proud that today, Canada stands as a proud partner in Armenia’s promising future” concluded Mirakian.
The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Canadian-Armenian grassroots human rights organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout Canada and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCC actively advances the concerns of the Canadian-Armenian community on a broad range of issues and works to eliminate abuses of human rights throughout Canada and the world.