YEREVAN. – Hraparak daily of Armenia writes: At the forthcoming special sitting, the parliament will discuss the extensive package of amendments to the Electoral Code [(EC)], which has recently been subjected to the examination of the Venice Commission.
Then, the new provisions of the EC will come into force in January next year, and will not apply to the upcoming [snap parliamentary] elections [slated for June 20].
However, the coordinator of the NA [National Assembly] working group on electoral reforms, [parliament majority] My Step [faction] member Hamazasp Danielyan did not rule out that some provisions will come into force by June 20. "The probability of any provision coming into force will largely depend on when it will be signed by the President," he said, without elaborating on which provisions are in question.
Let us remind: the package includes lowering the elections’ passing threshold by 1% for parties—it will become 4%, for blocs—an increase; in case of a bloc of 2 parties, the passing threshold will become 8%, in case of a bloc of 3 parties—9%, in case of a bloc of more than 3 parties—10%.
We asked if there were provisions that received a negative opinion from the Venice Commission. "Yes. One of the most obvious examples of this is the publication of signed voter lists; it is connected with the principle of confidentiality of the election."