social conditions and unemployment, potential
voters in a ProMedia survey named problems with
the judicial system as being among their top concerns.
Protection by the law, administered through its
courts, is a right many citizens say they are
not sure of but would like to be.
Lusine, who has a lawyer's degree, is working
as a hairdresser in a Yerevan beauty salon.
"I will return to the judicial structure
when improvements in the judicial system will
become obvious and laws will start functioning
for people and not against them," she says.
Like many others 75 year old pensioner Suren
Shljyan demands judicial protection and power
of law from the future President: "The fact
that laws don't function, I can feel it at every
step. People must feel safe in this country,"
says the former doctor.
Gayane Amiryan, who is unemployed, has concerns
about the relation between citizens and police:
"Any relation with police creates the feeling
of horror. But police must protect and not do
the opposite. I don't even talk about corruption,
which reaches terrible sizes."
"Why isn't everybody equal in the face of
law" asks pensioner Julietta Sargsyan.
Artashes Mkhitaryan asks candidates a question
on preservation of the judicial principles: "How
and what principles will the new President, who
is a guarantor of the constitution's inviolability,
be guided with?"
people are concerned with the large number of
unresolved crimes and an atmosphere of lawlessness
for some. And many still have questions concerning
the Parliament assassinations trial.
Pensioner Victoria Sargsyan complains about illegal
activities of the Prosecutor's Office. Her son
has been in Nubarashen prison for 16 months as
a result of a groundless accusation.
"The case has passed three judicial instances
and it's mentioned there, 'there aren't enough
grounds for sentencing Koryun Sargsyan'. However
they continue to keep him under arrest,"
During President Robert Kocharyan's campaign
visit to Nork, Victoria Sargsyan got a letter
to the President and is hopeful he'll read it
and "stop the illegality".
Respondent Anna Baghramyan has a unique question
for the future president:
"If we are a member of the European family
why can't we conduct a poll among citizens of
Armenia living abroad so that they could pay alimony?
When we apply to the embassies they reply that
they haven't got appropriate civil contracts.
Why? Doesn't it mean that we are on unequal conditions
with other countries?"
Many citizens, especially parents, are concerned
about conditions in the Armenian Army.
Susan Gharibyan, a doctor, is concerned with
the psychological atmosphere reigning in the army:
"Many young people, who have just returned
from the army, apply to me. Many of them are in
stress-inducing condition. It is one of the most
important problems that deserves attention."