Armenia Holds Presidential Elections

February 18, 2013, Monday // 08:19

Armenia is voting Monday for a new president.

Polling stations in 41 constituencies opened at 8 am local time and will close at 8 pm.

A total of 2 505 980 million people are entitled to vote.

Under Armenia's election code, the day of the presidential elections is a non-working day.

Pollsters expect a turnout of 60-70%.

There are seven candidates for heads of state, the top contender being incumbent Serge Sargsyan.

The other candidates for the post of Armenian president are chairman of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), incumbent president Serzh Sargsyan, 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 eight candidate, National Conciliation Party leader Aram Harutyunyan, left the race on February 8.

There is no minimum voter turnout threshold in order for the elections to be valid and if a candidate wins more than 50% of the first round vote he will be elected president.

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