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Marianna Mkrtchyan

Local elections: Armenia`s ruling party likely to head only 15 of 36  enlarged communities 

Local elections: Armenia`s ruling party likely to head only 15 of 36  enlarged communities 

ArmInfo. As a result of the local elections in 36 enlarged communities, the Civil Contract party will head only 15 communities, believes Armenian Parliament Vice-  Speaker, member of the Hayastan (Armenia) opposition faction Ishkhan  Saghatelyan (Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsutyun -  ARFD). 

"Opposition or non-party forces will head 21 communities and can form  the local governments either by themselves or in alliance with  others," Saghatelyan said. In Akhuryan, two opposition forces have  stated their intention to form the local government.  

The RA Prosecutor General`s Office has reported violations during the  local elections in Ararat (12), Kotayk (12), Lori (6), with  investigations launched into some of them. Among the violations are  vote buying, multiple voting, wooing, putting obstacles to reporters. 

According to the RA Central Electoral Commission, the Mamikon  Aslanyan opposition bloc won a convincing victory in all the 63  polling stations in Vanadzor - 12,810 votes (38.71%). The ruling  Civil Contract party polled 8,295 votes (25.06%), followed by the  Labor Socialist Party of Armenia, 4,809 votes (14.53%). In Gyumri,  the Communist Party of Armenia polled only 419 votes (1.26%).  In  Yeghegnadzor, the victory went to the opposition bloc David  Harutyunyan, with the Prosperous Armenia party and the Democratic  Alternative party being the core of the bloc, which won 4,399 votes  (63.47%), with a voter turnout of 48.73%. the Civil Contract party  received 1,747 votes (25.2%), followed by the 'Country to Live In'  party (322 votes, 4.79%). 

In Masis, in 40 of the 44 polling stations, the David Hambartsumyan  opposition bloc received 13,378 votes (53.56%), followed by the Civil  Contract party, with 11,595 votes (46.44%). The voter turnout was  46.88%. 

According to the preliminary data, the Prosperous Armenia party  polled the highest number of votes in Abovyan (5,231), followed by  the Civil Contract party (4,279 votes) and the Republic party  (1,124).  With a voter turnout of 64.7% in Aparan, the opposition  bloc Karen Yeghiazaryan received 7,421 votes (66.69%), with the Civil  Contract party receiving 3,705 votes (33.31%). 

In Talin, the Civil Contract party received 5,037 votes (46.63%),  followed by the Awakening party, which forms part of the radical  opposition Liberation Movement, - 2,882 votes (26.68%), the Hayk  liberal party - 1,624 votes (15.03%) and Our Community party bloc -  1,258 votes (11.64%). The voter turnout was 55.93%. 

Armenia`s ruling party won the elections in Ashtarak - 14,732 votes  (79.04%), with a voter turnout of 35.55%. The ARFD received 2,730  votes (14.64%), followed by the Homeland party - 1,176 votes or 6.3%. 

The Central Electoral Commission has not yet released data on all the  polling stations. 


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