Home > 3.2 Proportional systems > ARMENIA - Joint Opinion on the Draf Electoral Code (As of 18 April 2016)
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On the district ballots, the voters vote for individual candidates within the list and the seats are filled in the sequence of such preference votes (open lists). The choice of open lists in a proportional system is a legitimate one. However, some of the political parties, NGOs, and experts consulted during the delegation’s working visit feared possible negative consequences of the open list system. They were concerned about a possible influence of local businesspeople or other candidates, and that this could potentially exacerbate the misuse of administrative resources. Cases of misuse of administrative resources in elections have been observed in former elections in Armenia,1 but they may be fought by a range of means other than changing the electoral system.