YEREVAN, February 18. /ARKA/. Preliminary vote counting in Armenia’s presidential election showed that Serzh Sargsyan, Armenian president-in-office, with its 11,154 votes (77.22%) scored at 35 left his rivals behind.
Some 14,444 votes were cast for candidates. Raffi Hovannisian, with its 2,745 votes (19%) follows Sargsyan.
There are 1,988 polling stations in Armenia.
The sixth presidential election in Armenia is over. According to the preliminary reports from the Central Election Commission, 1,518,407 people or 60.05% of those eligible to vote went to polls today.
The highest post in the country is contested by seven candidates. The top contender is the incumbent president Serzh Sargsyan, who is chairman of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA). Other candidates are Heritage party chairman Raffi Hovannisian, leader of Freedom party, former prime minister Hrant Bagratyan, former foreign minister of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Arman Melikyan, National Self-Determination Union party head Paruyr Hayrikyan, Radio Hay director Andrias Ghukasyan and literature expert Vardan Sedrakyan. The eighth candidate, National Unity Party leader Aram Harutyunyan, withdrew from the race on February 8. -0-