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Live Blog: Armenia Votes For President

17:57 18.2.2013
Exit polls conducted by Gallup International (no, not *that* Gallup) say President Serzh Sarkisian has won a second five-year term. Ahead of the vote he was projected to win with nearly 70% of the vote. Exit polls have him at around 60%.
17:36 18.2.2013
Today at polling station #2/08:

ctivist Artur Minasyan announced, "No to the criminal regime, freedom to the political prisoner Arakelyan" before eating his voting ballot.

Arakelyan, a leader of the opposition Armenian National Congress' youth wing was accused of attacking officers maintaining public order in the city center in August 2011. All of the activists except Tigran Arakelian were set free but may also be imprisoned pending their appeal.
17:26 18.2.2013

17:17 18.2.2013
Via RFE/RL's Armenian Service:

Reported ballot stuffing at 17/5 polling station.
16:26 18.2.2013
A good summary by RFE/RL's Armenian Service: "Authorities Declare Armenian Vote Clean Amid Opposition Complaints"
16:09 18.2.2013
16:09 18.2.2013
The polls have now officially closed. The first official results on turnout are expected to be announced at 12:00 local time, 15:00 EST.
15:49 18.2.2013
15:35 18.2.2013
Via RFE/RL's Armenian Service:

“We are seeing the best ever presidential elections with minimal violations,” says Eduard Sharmazanov, spokesman for ruling party.
15:32 18.2.2013

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