Precinct Election Training for Armenia’s National Assembly Elections
IFES conducted ethical and procedural election administration trainings for 13,811 appointed Armenian Precinct Election Commissioners (PEC) in 1,982 precincts from April 15 through May 3, 2012.
The training's objective was to familiarize PEC commissioners with the relevant, new provisions of the electoral code, which could affect management of the voting process and attending election administration procedures. These new provisions were approved by the National Assembly and signed into law by President Sarkisian in June 2011 - 11 months before the May 6 parliamentary elections.
The training focused on the importance of why precinct commissioners need to do their job and the importance of balancing party loyalty with their obligation to all voters of Armenia. With the context of administering these parliamentary elections the trainings emphasized the important role election officials, particularly precinct commissioners, have and the duties of transparency and fair play they are entrusted with.