The first elections for the City Council in Yerevan will be held on May 31, 2009. According to the RA Law on Local Government of Yerevan City, enacted in late December 2008, the municipal authority in Yerevan is exercised by the City Council. The City Council will be elected to four-year-terms. The 65-seat Yerevan Council is to be elected through vote by city-wide party or alliance lists (100% proportional system), and the number one candidate on each list will be the candidate for mayor from that particular party. The threshold for representation for individual political parties is 7 percent, and for alliances or blocs - 9 percent.
The new Yerevan Mayor will be the tenth after Armenia's independence. If a party receives more than 50 percent of seats, and consequently absolute majority of seats of the Council, the number one of its party list will be elected as Yerevan Mayor. If one of parties receives more than 40 percent of votes but not the absolute majority, it will receive bonus seats to compile absolute majority. If any of the parties fail to score the 50 percent plus one seat, then the Mayor shall be elected by Yerevan City Council.
The power of the Armenian President to appoint and remove the Mayor of Yerevan, upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister, was abolished by November 2005 Constitutional amendments. Consequently, Yerevan's current status shall be changed from marz (province), stipulated in the first Constitution of independent Armenia, adopted in 1995, to a community. The current system of Yerevan elective Community Heads will be replaced by Heads of 12 Administrative Districts - Arabkir, Ajapnyak, Avan, Kentron, Davtashen, Malatia-Sebastia, Kanaker-Zeytun, Shengavit, Nor Nork, Nubarashen, Nork-Marash, Erebuni - appointed by the Mayor.
|ELECTION LISTS||NUMBER OF CANDIDATES||TOP POSITION HOLDERS ON PARTY OR ALLIANCE LISTS||VOTE||%||SEATS|
|1.||Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK)||119||
|2.||People's Party (ZhK)||20||
|3.||Armenian National Congress (HAK) Pre-election Alliance||164||
declined its seats
|5.||Labor Socialist Party of Armenia (HASK)||29||
|6.||Republican Party of Armenia (HHK)||176||
|7.||Rule of Law Party (OEK)||71||
According to press service of the Prosecutor General's Office, as a result of 47 reports, including publications in mass media on violation of electoral right during 2009 municipal elections, 9 criminal cases were opened; 2 clarification were given; 36 decisions were made on not opening criminal cases; 4 reports were attached to the criminal cases; the investigation on 27 reports is in process. 1 out of 9 criminal cases and 1 separated case have been sent to the court, whereas the preliminary investigation of the others still goes on. On June 16, the trial of one case out of two sent to the court ended. The court considered substantiated the accusation of electoral fraud against a PEC member and a voter of 8/05 polling station of Malatia-Sebastia community based on Article 150 of the Criminal Code, sentencing them to 3 years' imprisonment. PEC chair of 8/15 polling station was also charged with the same accusation and sentenced to 3 years' imprisonment. However, the court applied the decision on declaring amnesty, adopted by the National Assembly of Armenia on June 19, 2009, exempting all 3 from sanction.
The Armenian National Congress (ANC) released a statement on June 11, 2009 to assert that after the Central Electoral Commission rejected ANC's motion to invalidate the results of the Yerevan municipal elections, the ANC appealed the decision in the Administrative Court. The ANC demanded that the election results be annulled and submitted 397-pages of documents and 4 DVDs depicting the general picture on the election day. The Administrative Court rejected the claim on June 10 since one of the 14 parties included in the alliance had taken back its mandate.