THE COMPETITION OF THE CANDIDATES IS COMPETITION OF THEIR PROGRAMS
The pre-election campaign in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic has long crossed the "equator" and moved to its finish. Exactly ten days are remained before the end of the pre-election campaign in support of the candidates for the highest post in the state, after which, on the eve of the voting process, the so-called "day of silence" will be announced.
Surely, the concept of "silence" is quite relative here and reflects only the purely legal requirement to cease public speeches of the candidates and their supporting political parties and individuals. There is no doubt that it is in the "day of silence" that voters will determine their wishes and preferences in a relaxed atmosphere. However, it is clear, since the elections of the President as such can be considered the apotheosis of all the electoral processes and the further development of the NKR and its future as a whole depend, without any exaggeration, on their outcome. The presidential elections as an event of political and national importance are the next step for the understanding of the way passed and for the prioritization of the development of our independent statehood and democratic institutions. So, they are directly related to each of us, that's why we can be sure that the Karabakh voters will display their usual activity and high electoral culture.
We'd like to remind our readers that four presidential candidates were at the start of the pre-election race - Member of the NKR National Assembly Vitaly Balasanyan, NKR Acting President Bako Sahakyan, Deputy Director for educational and scientific works of the Stepanakert branch of the Yerevan State Agricultural University Arkady Soghomonyan and Chairman of Civil Society NGO Valery Khachatryan. We'll not be mistaken if we say that the intensity of the presidential candidates' meetings with the voters serves a peculiar indicator allowing to determine the favorites in the pre-election struggle. Today, ten days before the completion of the agitation campaign, even without corresponding public opinion studies, we can conclude that the main struggle will be between Bako Sahakyan and Vitaly Balasanyan. We'll not state that the other two presidential candidates will have to perform an unpleasant role of extras in the upcoming elections - eventually, each of them has his own program and electorate, but the realities should be taken into consideration.
Surely, the struggle for the presidential post suggests competition of the candidates and their pre-election programs. Acquaintance with the programs of the main contenders suggests that in terms of content they have much in common and actually cover all the areas of the social-economic and political life of the Republic. A certain similarity exists also in the determination of the major problems that Nagorno Karabakh faces. The only difference is in the methodology of their solution and in the conceptual approaches to the implementation of the proposals put forward. Perhaps, only the provisions relating to the foreign policy priorities coincide completely - the international recognition of the NKR as an independent and sovereign state, the restoration of the full format of the negotiations on the Karabakh conflict settlement, with the participation of the NKR, the further development and intensification of the relations between Artsakh, Armenia and the Diaspora.
The main thesis of the NKR acting President during the pre-election campaign is to continue what was started, basing on the society. In his message to the voters, he called upon his compatriots "to work together constructively for the benefit of each and everyone, for the welfare of our state". As for his opponent, he mostly builds his pre-election campaign on the criticism of the current authorities, hoping for the protest electorate, which, I must say, is peculiar to any society. However, it should be noted that the fair problems, which are pointed out by Vitaly Balasanyan, are also noted by Bako Sahakyan, who offers to solve them, taking into account the real possibilities of the Republic.
It is quite natural that Armenia cannot remain indifferent to the political developments in the NKR, especially on such a level as the presidential elections. It is also natural that different viewpoints on any events in our Republic are expressed. However, sometimes you can meet, I may say so, analyses of primitive political scientists, which cannot be called otherwise than direct insult to the Karabakh society. Someone calls upon the local opposition for the "orange revolution", someone calls the upcoming elections fiction and profanation. Somehow, the so-called analysts imagine the life in Karabakh, in their own words, as a swamp. If the hard life in the NKR is meant, then, in fact, nobody denies this. As the saying goes, and for whom is it easy? After the collapse of the USSR, it is difficult to find a state-administrative formation in the post-Soviet area, which would correspond to the European standards on its parameters. One should come to this, and important are the trends and dynamics of development, which is observed in Artsakh. And which of the candidates will continue the dynamics of the NKR social-economic and political development will be, surely, decided by the voters - on Thursday, July 19.
Editor-in-Chief of Azat Artsakh newspaper
- 1864 Birth of satirist Harootyoon Alpiar. He died in 1919.
- 1923 Creation of the Bureau of History of the Communist Party of Armenia as an adjunct to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Armenia.
- 1924 Under the initiative of the Norwegian scholar Friedthof Nansen, the League of Nations decides to grant Nansen Passports to the Armenians who had survived the Armenian Genocide.
- 1933 Death of the writer Nar-Dos (Meekael Hovhannissyan) in Tbilissi (Georgia). He was born in 1867.
- 1934 First issue of the "Communist" newspaper (property of the Central Committee of Armenia's Communist Party, Yerevan's City Committee, and the Central Executive Committee of the Armenian SSR).
- 1938 Opening of the first session of the Armenian SSR Supreme Soviet's first convention.