YEREVAN: Armenia’s presidential election was an improvement on recent elections in the former Soviet republic but was not genuinely competitive, international observers said today.
Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said yesterday’s election, in which President Serzh Sarksyan was re-elected, was peaceful and generally well conducted.
They said in a written statement that the limited field of candidates meant that the election was not genuinely competitive.
The candidates who did run were able to campaign in a free atmosphere and to present their views to voters, but the campaign overall failed to engage the public’s interest.
Several of Sarksyan’s potential rivals decided not to run in the election because they feared the election would be skewed in the president’s favour.