close
Self government

Local self-government elections will take place in Armenia

The first municipal elections organized under a new local voting format will be held today in Armenia. Before June 2020,

Photo: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

The first municipal elections organized under a new local voting format will be held today in Armenia.

Before June 2020, multi-day local elections in Armenia resulted in the direct appointment of city mayors. In contrast, today’s elections will see voters elect individual candidates, who will then form city councils which will choose new mayors.

The electoral threshold was also reduced to 4% for political parties and 6% for coalitions, against 6% and 8% respectively. Since today’s election was originally scheduled to take place on an earlier date, two more election days are scheduled for November 14 and December 5.

In the medium and long term, expect that the change in the electoral threshold will strengthen the pluralities of parties and national minorities. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, however, has appointed acting mayors – who are also running for office – as the dates for the current municipal elections exceed the five-year term limits of incumbent mayors. As such, expect deputy mayors to have access to greater administrative resources than their opponents. With Pashinyan’s popularity continuing in rural areas, expect the acting mayors appointed by Pashinyan to receive a large chunk of the rural vote, thus consolidating the administration’s political influence in various municipalities across the country.

Wake up smarter with a review of the stories that will make the headlines in the next 24 hours. Download The Daily Brief.

Teresa R. Cabrera

The author Teresa R. Cabrera