YEREVAN. – Electoral fraud will not help Armenia-European Union (EU) relations, and it can lead to various consequences, including restricting Armenia’s participation in, let’s say, several EU programs; but I don’t think that everything will lead to this.
Ryszard Czarnecki, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), told the aforesaid to 168 Zham (Hour) newspaper of Armenia, reflecting on the parliamentary election to be held in the country on April 2.
Czarnecki informed that he previously conducted an observation mission in Armenia’s elections, and though not perfect, they were organized. So, the MEP is full of hope that the forthcoming election in Armenia will further raise the standards.
He said this was a very important milestone for the country, when the constitutional arrangements will start functioning once the new Armenian parliament is formed.
He noted, however, that the “ball” will primarily be in the “court” of the new Armenian government, in terms of the signing of the Armenia-EU framework agreement. But, in his words, it seems no matter who wins the election, it will want to ratify the new agreement that was negotiated with the EU.