A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will carry out an Electoral Assessment Mission to Armenia from 14 to 18 September, in order to monitor the local by-elections to be held on 18 September. Headed by Liisa Ansala (Finland, ILDG), the delegation includes eight Congress members and two members of the EU Committee of the Regions.
High-level meetings are scheduled on 15 September in Yerevan, where the delegation will exchange views with Tigran Mukuchyan and David Loqyan, respectively President of the Central Election Commission of Armenia and Minister of Territorial Administration and Development. Furthermore, the delegation will meet representatives of the diplomatic corps, NGOs and the media in Yerevan.
On 16 September, meetings are planned in Armavir with members of the Province Electoral Commission, representatives of the Armavir Development Centre and local media.
On 17 September, the delegation will also meet candidates for mayors and councillors from the Ararat and Aragatsotn regions and the President of the Union of Communities of Armenia, Emin Yeritsyan.
On Election Day, seven Congress’ teams will be deployed to different areas in which by-elections are going to be organised. The Electoral Assessment Mission will be followed by an Information Report to be discussed in the framework of the 31st Congress Session (19-21 October 2016).