Armenia held partial local elections on Sunday (2 October). Voting took place in 377 communities in the districts of Lori, Shirak, Gegharkunik, Kotayk, Syunik and Vayots Dzor.
Elections were also held in Gyumri and Vanadzor Armenia second and third largest cities.
Municipal elections in Armenia are staggered over a period of weeks. In this latest round of voting no incidents were reported. Voter apathy however remained a factor. Results are expected to be announced later today.
photo: Voters checking the voters list at an Armenian polling station (picture courtesy of hetq.am)
It is likely that opposition parties will rally around one of the leaders of the protest movement, although it is understood that apart from the candidacy of Nikol Pashinyan other options are being considered.
Nikol Pashinyyan, the leader of street protests who earlier forced the resignation of prime minister Serzh Sargsyan is insisting that a new prime minister is appointed who is not a member of the ruling Republican Party, to pave the way for early elections