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It is very hard to compare the past parliamentary elections in Armenia and Georgia, but there is one fact that can be pointed out and is welcome - the winner in Georgia was the country's constitution, Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan Andrey Sorokin said during a briefing on Monday.
Sorokin does not mean that the elections in Georgia were so democratic that they must taken as a model but he cannot but respect Saakashvili for doing something that was very hard to do - for admitting his defeat.
Sorokin believes that there is lack of public confidence in Armenia and the goal of his office is to foster reforms in the local election
system and to raise public awareness and confidence.
He said that the project on support to two electoral cycles in Armenia launched by the OSCE Office and the European Union in Feb
2012 was aimed at providing comprehensive support for the improved efficiency of election administration and transparency of the
electoral processes in line with international standards.
The project is being implemented in close cooperation with Armenia's Central Electoral Commission, Police Service, Ombudsman and relevant state and non-state actors involved in electoral processes.
The first phase of the project was implemented in the period of Feb- July 2012. Now the organizers are starting the second phase aiming at ensuring democratic elections in Armenia.
Sorokin believes that much was done during the parliamentary elections but that was not enough. The main thing, according to Sorokin, is that President Sargsyan has promised that during the forthcoming presidential elections they will keep in mind all the
remarks of the ODIHR and he can only welcome this.
The cost of the project is 1,704,237 EUR. The project is planed to be carried out in two phases with the first one covering assistance for the parliamentary elections and the second one focusing on support for the conduct of the presidential elections of 2013.