Armenia elects President

08:13 18.02.2013
presidential elections


Armenia is holding presidential elections on February 18. The election
is the 6th in the history of independent Armenia.

All 1988 precincts in 41 electoral districts opened at 8 a.m., the
voting will continue until 8 p.m.

About 630 observers representing 12 international organizations will
monitor the elections. Among others, the elections will be observed by
representatives of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and
Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), the International Expert Center for
Electoral Systems (ICES), the Commonwealth of Independent States
(CIS), the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly, as well as the diplomatic
representations accredited to the Republic of Armenia. About 6,200
observers representing 26 local organizations will also follow the
elections.

The total number of voters included in the voter register is
2,505,980. The voter turnout during the previous parliamentary
elections made 62,29%.

According to the Electoral Code of the Republic of Armenia, the
Central Electoral Commission will sum up the preliminary results of
the elections no later than 24 hours after the end of the voting. The
final results will be made public on the seventh day following the
election day.

Seven candidates are running for President: incumbent President,
leader of the Republican Party of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, leader of
the Heritage Party Raffi Hovhannisyan, leader of the Liberty Party
Hrant Bagratyan, leader of the National Self-Determination Union
Paruyr Hayrikyan, ex-Forign Minister of Nagorno Karabakh Arman
Melikyan, specialist of epic studies Vardan Sedrakyan and political
scientist Andrias Ghukasyan. Leader of the National Accord Party Aram
Harutyunyan withdrew from the race 10 days prior o the elections.

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