YEREVAN, February 18. /ARKA/. A total of 275,982 voters or 10.92% have their presidential election ballots cast by 11:00 local time, deputy head of Armenia’s central electoral commission Laura Galsyan said.
Presidential vote is being held in Armenia today, at a total of 1,988 ballot stations across the country.
“By 11:00, 86,601 voters or 10.5% of the overall number cast their ballots in Yerevan”, she said.
Voter turnout as per regions of Armenia was as follows: Aragatsotn – 9.99% (11,422 voters), Ararat – 14.46% (30,817), Armavir – 8.41% (18,887), Gegharkunik – 12.85% (23,970), Lori – 11.68% (27,775), Kotayk – 9.76% (22,691), Shirak – 7.96% (18,244), Siunik – 15.13% (16,613), Vayots Dzor – 9.68% (4,573) and Tavush – 13.26% (14,385).
According to the police, 2,505,908 voters were included on Armenia’s electoral register as February 17.
A total of 6,251 representatives of 26 local NGOs and 632 observers from twelve international organizations will be watching the presidential ballot. In particular, international observers’ missions are from OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, CIS mission, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, CE Parliamentary Assembly, CIS Interparliamentary Assembly, International expert Center for Electoral Systems (ICES) and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).
Under the Armenian law, preliminary outcome of the vote is to be announced not later that February 19, 20:00; the final results will be ready within seven days.
Seven contenders are running for the country’s president today: incumbent president Serzh Sargsyan, former prime minister and leader of Freedom party Hrant Bagratyan, former foreign minister and leader of Heritage party Raffi Hovhannisyan, well-known Soviet dissident and leader of National Self-Determination party Paruyr Hayrikyan, ex foreign minister of Karabakh Arman Melikyan, political scientist and head of Radio Hay Andrias Ghukasyan and specialist in epic studies Vardan Sedrakyan. –0—