YEREVAN, February 20. /ARKA/. The members of oppositional Heritage party of Armenia have good chances to win in Yerevan’s Council of Elders elections, Gagik Minasyan told reporters on Wednesday.
Gagik Minasyan is a Republican and head of the parliamentary committee for financial, credit and budget affairs, Novosti-Armenia reports.
Next Yerevan’s Council of Elders elections are scheduled for May 5, 2013.
“We are going to hold the elections of the Council of Elders of Yerevan, and 43% of votes which Hovannisian won in the capital ( during the presidential elections) serve as a significant resource for making this political party gain great results during the May elections,” Minasyan said.
Heritage members will be able to choose the right path and prove they are the oppositional party number one on the political arena of Armenia.
“Whether the party will choose this path or another one is up to it,” Minasyan added and noted that Heritage should make pretty serious political and organizational steps to justify the trust they had got from people, the Republican said.
He also noted some political parties which had refused from running the election race, however “doing their business behind the scene” try to cajole Heritage and, particularly, Raffi Hovannisian to make wrong steps, which will have a negative impact on either the party itself or Armenia as a whole.
“For a long time the oppositional parties without actually participating in the political processes have been trying to manipulate them, but this is unacceptable. I think we are just about to face a watershed, when our further political processes will either lead our country to prosperity or unpredictable developments,” Minasyan clarified.
Yerevan’s Council of Yerevan elects the mayor. In compliance with the legislature, the candidate should be nominated by the factions which are the members of the Council. Mayor is elected through the Council members’ voting.
According to the ballot preliminary count results from all 1,988 polling stations, Armenia’s incumbent president Sezrh Sargsyan won the re-election Monday with 861,378 votes or 58.64%. Raffi Hovannisian polled 539,674 votes or 36.74%, Hrant Bagratyan - 31,643 votes or 2.15%, Paruyr Hayrikyan - 18,093 votes or 1.23%, Andrias Ghukasyan - 8,328 votes or 0.57%, Arman Melikyan - 3,520 votes or 0.24% and Vardan Sedrakyan – 6,203 votes or 0.42%. -0-