Armenia reports increase in number of eligible voters

Armenia reports increase in number of eligible voters


The updated official electoral rolls in Armenia suggest that the number of the country’s eligible voters has increased by more than 170,000 since the last general election in 2008.

The latest lists posted on the official websites of the Police and the Central Election Commission suggest that Armenia’s voting-age population is 2,485,844, with the total permanent population being assessed at 2,870,000 (according to the preliminary results of the October 2011 census). According to the National Statistical Service, Armenia’s population has decreased by 415,000 since the 2001 census.

A total of 2.311.917 voters were registered in Armenia ahead of the 2008 presidential election.

A police official described such an increase in the number of eligible voters in the past four years by improved data collection and better registration of citizens.

Opposition media and politicians routine accuse the authorities of inflating the voter registers for allegedly committing electoral fraud.

Police and election officials as well as representatives of the government have denied the claim.