Armenia: protests in the capital and elections in the regions.

As Armenia prepares for the upcoming local elections in the regions of Ararat, Armavir, Shirak, Lori and Syunik on 9 September, opposition activists were out in the streets of Yerevan protesting against prison sentences against opposition activists.

Four activists with the Armenian National Congress (ANC), Artak Karapetyan, Davit Kiramijyan, Tigran Arakelyan and Sargis Gevorgyan, have received sentences between two and six years imprisonment each. Claiming that these activists have been illegally convicted and sentenced, members of the ANC and other activists demonstrated in front of the Presidential residence in Yerevan last week demanding their immediate release. More…

Opposition in Azerbaijan still unsure if it will contest presidential elections in 2013.

With recent announcements by the ruling party in Azerbaijan that incumbent President and party chairman, Ilham Aliyev will be nominated for a third term as the party’s presidential candidate, the opposition in the country has decided to ramp up its public activities this autumn.

The Public Chamber (PC), a coalition of prominent opposition parties who found themselves without a single seat following the 2010 parliamentary elections, declared on 22 July that it would launch a new wave of protests in the coming months to demand the government establish the necessary conditions for free and fair presidential elections in 2013. PC activities will be centred on four main goals: the release of political prisoners by Azerbaijani authorities, a guarantee of freedom of assembly, respect for freedom of speech and the media, as well as the implementation of pressing amendments to the Electoral Code. More…

The race is on……Georgian Parliamentary Elections set for 1st October.

The days of waiting for Georgians are over. The date for the forthcoming parliamentary elections has now been set for 1st October, and the campaign which had already been under way unofficially for some time, has now started in full swing. 19 political parties have already been registered for the election, and a number of others are in the process of being so, but there is little doubt that this election is going to be primarily a two way race between the governing United National Movement of President Mikhail Saakashvili and the Georgian Dream coalition led by Bidzina Ivanishvili. More…