Russia & CIS Presidential Bulletin
January 31, 2008

The Armenian presidential election will meet international criteria,
President Robert Kocharian said.Governmental agencies have done
their best to prepare the election in keeping with the schedule,
the presidential press office said.

The president told EU ambassadors that the government would prevent
any harm to the daily routine of the election campaign. Armenia is
living through a very important period, he added.

The authorities want to hold a really good election, he told a
delegation of election observers from the Parliamentary Assembly
of the Council of Europe (PACE) led by John Prescott. We think that
election observation missions will also make a contribution, he said.

Prescott voiced hope that the upcoming election will be a step forward
in Armenian development.

Armenia will hold the election on February 19. The Central Elections
Commission has registered nine candidates. Four international
organizations and five local non-governmental organizations have
been accredited to monitor the ballot. In total there will be several
thousand election observers.