We need to think about having technological alternatives for the electoral system in Armenia. This is what Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan stated during the session held by the Professional Commission on Constitutional Reforms today.
“The authorities have designated a constitutional referendum is designated, but we can’t hold it due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, there is an opinion that the coronavirus is going to be with us for a very long time, and not only in Armenia, but also all other parts of the world, and this may cause problems during the next parliamentary elections and other elections.
We need to think of how we can have a reliable online voting system, the results of which will be as reliable as the results of the last parliamentary elections. I believe we need to look at this issue as an issue related to not only elections, but also state security because even if during the pandemic the government decides to hold elections in any case, many citizens will be afraid of getting infected with this or that disease and may be de facto deprived of their opportunity to exercise their civil rights.
Of course, this isn’t directly linked to the activities of the Professional Commission on Constitutional Reforms, but it might be linked to them,” Pashinyan stated.