Armenia’s Parliament again rejected the amendments to the Electoral code

© RIA Novosti / Alina to Strascinati in fotobounce the city of Yerevan. Archival photoArmenia’s Parliament again rejected the amendments to the Electoral code© RIA Novosti / Alina to Strascinati the image Bank

The national Assembly (Parliament) of Armenia at the meeting on Monday for the second time rejected the government’s amendments to the Electoral code which reduce the pass threshold in elections.

«For the bill voted 62 deputies (with the necessary 63 — ed.) against two. The decision has not been made,» he said, disclosing the results of voting, the Deputy speaker of Parliament Arpine Hovhannisyan.

The sixteenth of October the Armenian government approved the draft amendments to the Electoral code and other laws. The proposed changes include the abolition of the rating system of voting and the lowering of the threshold for parties from 5% to 4% for party blocs from 7% to 6%. In addition, under the draft amendments, the National Assembly guarantees the presence of at least four political forces instead of three.

The Parliament on 22 November rejected the amendment. Then voted for the bill 54 deputies in the required 63. Before the former ruling and now opposition Republican party of Armenia said that he opposed the amendments, arguing that successful reform of the Electoral code requires extensive debate and the participation of society and political forces.

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