Today the deadline for the registration of Armenia’s presidential candidates comes to an end. We should recall that the elections are scheduled for February 18.
On January 14 the Central election commission (CEC) in an extraordinary session will consider the applications of the candidates to compete in the upcoming presidential elections.
Note, 15 candidates were nominated, 8 of who paid the electoral deposit of 8 million drams (about $20,000). Among them are the leader of the Republican Party of Armenia, incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan, leader of the opposition Heritage Party Raffi Hovannisian, head of the Liberty Party, member of the Armenian National Congress’s parliamentary faction, ex-Prime Minister Hrant Bagratyan, former Karabakh Foreign Minister Arman Melikyan, Radio Hay director Andrias Ghukasyan, National Self-Determination Union chairman Paruyr Hayrikyan, specialist in epic studies Vardan Sedrakyan and National Accord Party leader Aram Harutyunyan.
The pre-election campaign will kick off on January 21 and will last till February 16.