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Elections Period in review: February 16-22, 2013

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Flag_of_Grenada_svgPeriod in review: February 16-22, 2013

Grenada         (Feb 19, 2013)

Citizens of Grenada voted in legislative elections held on February 19, 2013. Every 5 years, 15 members of the House of Representatives are elected by a simple majority vote in single-member districts to serve 5-year terms. This year the opposition, the New National Party, defeated the           National Democratic Congress (NDC) with a landslide victory of 100 percent—all 15 seats in parliament. The Organization of American States (OAS), who           visited all 15 of Grenada’s constituencies, recorded a high voter turnout of approximately 85 percent.



Armenia         (Feb 18, 2013)

Armenians voted in the country’s presidential election, held on February 18, 2013. Preliminary results show that incumbent president Serzh SARGASYAN (Republican Party of Armenia, HHK) won the presidency with a majority of 59 percent. Armenia’s first Foreign Minister Raffi K. HOVHANNISYAN received 37 percent of the vote, followed by former Prime Minister Hrant BAGRATIAN with 2 percent.           HOVHANNISYAN, also leader of the opposition group the Heritage Party,rejected the election results on grounds of electoral fraud. In a public meeting in Yerevan, he requested that SARGASYAN meet him personally to discuss the issue. HOVHANNISYAN’s rejection has sparked a wave of mass public protests against the results. In this election Armenia’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC) reported voter turnout of 60 percent   (1, 521,931 valid votes out of 2,529,016 eligible voters).

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