Published: 14 Jul 2016 | By Lousineh Hakobyan

Double standards in applying the Venice Commission Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters


The case of the 2015 Armenian constitutional referendum

Opposition supporters rally against the results of the constitutional referendum in Yerevan on 7 December 2015
Opposition supporters rally against the results
of the constitutional referendum in Yerevan on
7 December 2015

On 6 December 2015, a referendum was held in Armenia for the adoption of a new constitution. This article intends to demonstrate how the Government of Armenia failed to comply with some of the OSCE/ODIHR Referendum Expert Team’s (RET) priority recommendations by resorting to discretionary interpretation and application of the Venice Commission standards as reflected in the latter’s Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters (CGPEM).

You can read Lousineh Hakobyan’s article in full in the Summer 2016 Bulletin.