Konrad Adenauer Foundation Ilia Chavchavadze State University Politics and Society in Armenia since Independence. Gudauri, Georgia September 21-23 2007 Ghazaryan Gayane, Yerevan State University Galyan Artak , Yerevan State Linguistic University http://www.yeritac-am.org Content
Ilia Chavchavadze State University
September 21-23 2007
Ghazaryan Gayane, Yerevan State University
Galyan Artak, Yerevan State Linguistic University
General elections are held for the first time and the winneris the candidate supported by the majority of the society.
The first president is reelected withfalsifications. Social protests and demonstrations are suppressed by the regime.
Theelections wins the protégé of the former president. The passive acts of protestare suppressed by the regime.
The acting president holds the office with falsifications. Active protests are suppressed with force by the regime.
The amendments are passed with falsifications. Small-scale short-term protests die away quickly.
A few very small-scale protests follow the electoral falsifications
The real background of election-running and the repressions of the social protests following the falsifications result in a gradual decline in the degree of social participation and activity bringing to indifference and a fall in protesting ability.
Elections stop being perceived by the society as a real mechanism of influencing the state policy and decision-making. In addition, one of the fundamental principles of democracy, i.e. the possibility of will-expression through mass-meetings and acts of protest, and the former confidence (as well as experience) of the society in this possibility is eliminated.