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Live Blog: Armenia Votes For President

February 18, 2013


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22:37
February 18, 2013
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As RFE/RL's Artur Papyan notes, while Gymuri is important, the latest numbers say it won't make a difference in the national count. The latest numbers for the region:

Turnout: 50.6%
Eligible voters: 125,000
Total votes cast: 63,000

Even if Hovhannisian wins with 70%, that means he wins a bit less than 45,000 votes -- probably not enough to turn a national tide.

22:19
February 18, 2013
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Calling it a night:
21:32
February 18, 2013
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20:56
February 18, 2013
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After asking his supporters to head to polling places to defend his proxies (each candidate can have three per district), Raffi Hovhannisian is now calling on his followers to NOT go to polling places.

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Րաֆֆի Հովհաննիսյան
ՈՒՇԱԴՐՈՒԹՅՈՒՆ

Խնդրում եմ խուճապի չմատնվել, գիշերը չգնալ տեղամասեր, կռվի և այլ սադրանքների չենթարկվել:
Րաֆֆի Հովհաննիսյանի դիրքերը ամուր են:
Տեղում անհրաժեշտության դեպքում օգնության կհասնեն ՎՍՏԱՀԵԼԻ նաձինք:
Վտանգ կա, որ որոշ ուժեր կփորձեն սադրել ու ստրվերել Րաֆֆիի հաղթանակը:
Հիշեք նախընտրական իրադարձությունները:
Զգոն, հանգիստ ու հավասարակշռված:

Խնդրում եմ տարածել:

RFE/RL TRANSLATION:

ATTENTION - Please don't panic, don't go to the polling stations, don't get into fights or give way to provocations. Raffi Hovhannisian is controling the situation. If there is a need, RELIABLE people will help our proxies in the polling stations. There is a risk, that certains forces will try to provoke and cast a shadow over Raffi's victory.

Remember the pre-election developments. Be alert, calm and balanced.

Please Disseminate.
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Differing messages coming from the Hovhannisian camp, to say the least.
20:34
February 18, 2013
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Opposition candidate Raffi Hovhannisian has posted a note on his Facebook page saying the following:

Եթե ունեք Րաֆֆի Հովհաննիսյանի վստահված անձ ընկեր, բարեկամ, հարազատ որը հիմա տեղամասում է անպայման գնացեք իրենց մոտ օգնության:

Համատարած հարձակվում են տեղամասերում ՐաՖՖի Հովհաննիսյանի վստահված անձանց:

ՇՏԱՊ ՏԱՐԱԾԵԼ !!!

RFE/RL TRANSLATION:

If you have a friend or relative who is a proxy of Raffi Hovhannisian, who is currently in the polling station, go there to help them.

They are being attacked everywhere.

URGENT!!!

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There is as yet no evidence of this being the case and there have been no names announced of those supposedly attacked. If that changes, we will update. 

20:20
February 18, 2013
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19:50
February 18, 2013
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More impressions from Raffi Hovannisian's press conference. 

19:39
February 18, 2013
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19:26
February 18, 2013
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18:05
February 18, 2013
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We hosted a Google Hangout last week on today's elections from our Yerevan bureau. Our panel warned the polls would be "boring"

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