CEC Announces Preliminary Election Returns

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Central Electoral Commission announced the following preliminary election results: 1,458,135 voters–63.97 percent–of the total number of eligible voters–have participated in the polls. The votes scattered among the candidates the following way:

Robert Kocharian 545,843 or 38,82 percent

Karen Demirchian 430,530 or 30.62 percent

Vazgen Manoukian 171,834 or 12.22 percent

Sergey Badalian 154,997 or 11.02 percent

Baruyr Hairikian 76,009 or 5.41 percent

David Shahnazarian 6,891 or 0.49 percent

Artashes Geghamian 6,308 or 0.45 percent

Vigen Khachatrian 4,016 or 0.29 percent

Hrant Khachatrian 2,943 or 0.21 percent

Aram Sargssian 2,715 or 0.19 percent

Youri Mkrtchian 2,511 or 0.18 percent

Ashot Bleyan 1,563 or 0.11 percent

Yielding to Karen Demirchian–in Yerevan–160,834 to 174,137 votes–Robert Kocharian won in all other 10 regions garnering 382,662 votes. Demirchian garnered 252,083 votes in the provinces. Citizens of Armenia entered on foreign consular registers gave preference to Demirchian by offering him 3,310 votes–while Kocharian earned 2,347 votes.

In eleven regions–the votes scattered among the top five candidates in the following manner:

Yerevan (total number of participants is 462,749 people)

Demirchian Kocharian Manoukian Hairikian Badalian

174,137 160,834 61,808 23,738 15,562

Aragatsotn (63,884)

Kocharian Demirchian Manoukian Hairikian Badalian

25,353 18,372 8,610 6,376 2,566

Ararat (127,623)

Kocharian Manoukian Badalian Demirchian Hairikian

53,485 20,592 18,830 16,935 5,413

Armavir (120,962)

Kocharian Demirchian Badalian Manoukian Hairikian

40,059 26,456 25,681 15,440 7,702

Gegharkunik (100,691)

Kocharian Demirchian Badalian Manoukian Hairikian

36,529 29,410 16,256 9,659 4,434

Lori (136,265)

Kocharian Demirchian Badalian Manoukian Hairikian

48,898 46,726 16,030 11,075 7,347

Kotayk (126,603)

Kocharian Demirchian Badalian Manoukian Hairikian

48,968 34,148 18,542 12,803 5,643

Shirak (118,825)

Kocharian Demirchian Badalian Manoukian Hairikian

39,655 31,843 18,296 15,382 8,317

Siunik (93,354)

Kocharian Demirchian Manoukian Badalian Hairikian

49,911 15,376 13,420 8,552 2,054

Vayots Dzor (29,788)

Kocharian Demirchian Badalian Manoukian Hairikian

13,030 6,249 3,964 3,935 1,401

Tavoush (71,472)

Kocharian Demirchian Manoukian Badalian Hairikian

27,568 26,774 4,730 4,616 3,593

5,919 voters went to the polls abroad:

Demirchian Kocharian Manoukian Hairikian Badalian

3,310 2,347 342 73 58

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