Armenian Republican Party wins Yerevan Elders’ Council elections

Photo: Armenian Republican Party wins Yerevan Elders’ Council elections / Armenia

The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) has won the elections to the Council of Elders of Yerevan, ARCA reported.

According to the preliminary data, after processing the ballots from all the 464 areas the Republican Party won 55.89 per cent (235,512 votes).

Second place was taken by Prosperous Armenia (97,189 votes or 23.07per cent) and in third place the alliance party Hello, Yerevan (35,732 or 8.48 per cent).

They are followed 'Armenian National Congress' (18,499 or 4.39per cent), Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaksutyun (15,999 or 3.80per cent), Orinats Erkir (Rule of Law - 15,733 or 3.73 per cent) and Arakeltyun (The Mission - 2692 or 0.64 per cent).

According to the preliminary data, three political parties will be represented in the Council of Elders, namely the Republican Party of Armenia, Prosperous Armenia and Hello, Yerevan.

The elections to the Council of Elders were held on May 5 at 464 polling stations in 12 administrative districts of the Armenian capital. The list of voters included 816,475. The turnout was 437,021, or 53.53 per cent of the total number of voters.

The elections were monitored by over 6600 domestic observers and 27 organisations. International organisations were represented only by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

The list of the ruling Republican Party (195 candidates) is headed by the incumbent Mayor Taron Margaryan.

The Council of Elders comprises 65 people elected solely by party lists. If a party or a block party gains more than 50 per cent of the vote, the first person on its list automatically becomes the mayor of Yerevan. Otherwise, the mayor will be elected by the Council of Elders.

The right to nominate candidates for the mayoral position belongs to factions within the Council of Elders. The mayor is elected by voting of the Council members.

The electoral threshold for parties is six per cent and for party blocs eight per cent.

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