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27.07.2009 The Ashtarak Mayor’s Misleading Report

A few days ago, the Mayor of Ashtarak, G. Tamazyan, presented his report for the first half of 2009 to the public and the community council members. Let us just say, without getting into the substance of the report, that the mayor seemed somewhat surprised while presenting it. First of all, he would share his detailed thoughts with the audience when presenting every line of the report, giving an impression that Mr. Tamazyan was reading a report from another agency and was finding out about...

10.07.2009 A Law is Passed and Now They Don’t Know What to Do with It

In 2007, the National Assembly adopted the Law on Public Notices by Means of the Internet. According to the law, an official website for public notices was supposed to be created ( www.lraber.am ) to publish notices and announcements that are required to be published by law or other normative legal acts. According to the law, the public notices website should be run and maintained by an entity that would win the tender in accordance with procedures defined in the RA Law on Public...

23.06.2009 From Pen to Keyboard

The Kotayk marz has always stood out among Armenia’s 10 marzes in terms of openness and transparency. Some explained it by its proximity to the capital, others by its marzpet’s progressive views. In this context, it was not really surprising that the Mulberry system is already introduced in the Kotayk marz. Our conversation with the Kotayk Marzpet, Kovalenko Shahgaldyan , focused on the system and on how to work with citizens more effectively. - Kotayk is the first marz in Armenia were...

27.05.2009 Mayoral Candidates Without Declarations

From now on, voters can no longer find out any details about their candidates' property and income, because as of January 1 of this year, candidates running in elections no longer submit property and income declarations to the Central Electoral Commission (CEC). Even though the Election Code contains provisions for declarations being made public, the RA Law on Declaration of Property and Income by Senior State Officials was annulled as of January 1, 2009, while the new Law on Declaration...

15.05.2009 The Gegharkunik marzpet is the top “money spender” among marzpets

Unfortunately, it is our taxpayer money. Grisha Balasanyan   The right to receive information is one of the fundamental human rights. However, not all citizens exercise that right today. For example, according to Article 27.1 of the RA Constitution, “everyone shall have the right to submit letters and recommendations to the authorized public and local self-government bodies for the protection of his/her private and public interests and the right to receive...

05.05.2009 Some of the parties participating in elections do not disclose financial reports

On the eve of the May 31 Yerevan city council elections, the Freedom of Information Center ( FOI Center ) decided to find out how willing are the participating parties and party alliances to work in an open and transparent fashion. To this end, FOI Center sent out information requests to the parties participating in the upcoming elections: the Armenian Republican Party (ARP), the Armenian Revolutionary Federation/Dashnaktsutyun (ARF/D), Rule of Law Party (RL), People’s...

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