22 March: Opening press conference
26 March: Arrival of long-term observers
26 and 27 March: Briefing of long-term observers
28 March: Deployment of long-term observers across the country
2 May: Arrival of short-term observers
2 and 3 May: Briefing of short-term observers
4 May: Deployment of short-term observers across the country
5 May: Familiarization by short-term observers with areas of observation
6 May: Election day
7 May: Press conference on preliminary findings and conclusions
9 May: Departure of short-term observers
14 May: Departure of long-term observers
18 May: Departure of the core team
Following an official invitation from the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, and based on the findings and conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR Needs Assessment Mission conducted from 30 January to 1 February, the OSCE/ODIHR deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to the 6 May 2012 parliamentary elections.
The OSCE/ODIHR EOM and the OSCE Office in Yerevan operated separately under their specific mandates.
The OSCE/ODIHR EOM, headed by Radmila Šekerinska, consisted of 13 international experts based in Yerevan. In addition, 24 long-term observers were deployed throughout the country from 28 March 2012.
The OSCE/ODIHR EOM assessed the parliamentary elections for their compliance with OSCE commitments and other international standards for democratic elections, as well as with domestic legislation. Observers closely monitored candidate registration, campaign activities, the work of the election administration and relevant governmental bodies, election-related legislation and its implementation, the media environment, and the resolution of election-related disputes.
The OSCE/ODIHR requested short-term observers to be deployed immediately prior to the 6 May elections. The short-term observers were deployed throughout the country in multinational teams of two to monitor the opening of polling stations, the voting, the counting of ballots, and the tabulation of results.
The day after the elections, ODIHR, together with its parliamentary partners, issued a statement of preliminary findings and conclusions at a press conference.
Co-operation with Other Partners
The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe deployed observer delegations for these elections.
The OSCE/ODIHR has observed seven elections in Armenia since 1996, including the most recent 2007 parliamentary and 2008 presidential elections.