DISINTEGRATION OF VOTES OF OPPOSITION ELECTORATE DOESN'T TAKE PLACE DURING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, UNLIKE PARLIAMENTARY ONES, LEADER OF NATIONAL-DEMOCRATIC UNION VAZGEN MANUKYAN SAYS

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2008-01-08 20:41:00

ArmInfo. "Disintegration of votes of opposition electorate doesn't
take place during presidential elections, unlike the parliamentary
ones. It is not much important how the poll stands, as each "snatches
some votes away" from the authority's pretendant, and in the aggregate
they don't dissipate.

And one of the oppositionists breaks ahead, Leader of
National-Democratic Union Vazgen Manukyan told ArmInfo correspondent.

According to him, when a lot of parties participate in the
parliamentary elections, disintegration of votes takes place, as
many people vote for the opposition forces, which, in the result,
don't overcome the barrier of 5%.

In this case a situation develops when a significant part of votes
given to the opposition passes to the authority parties.

V.Manukyan thinks that parliamentary elections differ from presidential
ones also by the fact that regardless of the Constitution's items,
most people in Armenia do not lay hopes on serious positive changes in
case the best parliamentary structure is elected. "The major part of
the population connects hopes with presidential elections. Therefore,
during the presidential election greater consolidation takes place
than during the parliamentary one, all the more so, as about 25 parties
contend for seats in the National Assembly", V.Manukyan explained.

The NDU leader stressed that it is impossible to speak of an
oppositional candidate's victory in the first round in Armenia. "So,
the conversation drifts to the second round, before which no
disintegration of the oppositional electorate's votes takes place even
in case of several candidates from the opposition. I qualify all this
as a positive thing and a difference from the parliamentary election",
Manukyan said in conclusion.