ElectionGudie

May 25, 2003 Held

1,216,581
Voted
Armenia

Republic of Armenia

Referendum

Results

48%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:1,216,581
Valid Votes:1,113,873
Invalid Votes:102,708

Provisions

To allow the legislative body to propose a candidate for prime minister should they reject the president's proposed candidate twice; to allow the president to disband parliament only under five specific scenarios; to prevent the president from vetoing government decisions; to reduce the number of seats in the National Assembly (Azgayin Zhoghov) from 131 to 101; to ban dual citizenship; to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections; to further protect human rights; and to allow foreign nationals to own property in Armenia.

No550,668

49.44

Yes563,205

50.56

More Info:

At stake in this Referendum:

  • The referendum will ask voters to approve a series of amendments which would remove certain authorities reserved for the president and to balance powers between the executive and legislative branches.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Robert KOCHARIAN
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Andranik MARGARYAN
  • Assembly: Armenia has a unicameral National Assembly (Azgayin Zhoghov) with 131 seats.*

* 75 members are elected by party list, 56 members are elected by direct vote.

Main provisions in the Referendum:

  • To approve a series of amendments which would remove certain authorities reserved for the president and to balance powers between the executive and legislative branches.
    • The first provision would allow the legislative body to propose a candidate for prime minister should they reject the president's proposed candidate twice.
    • The second provision would allow the president to disband parliament only under five specific scenarios such as inactivity within the assembly.
    • The third provision would prevent the president from vetoing government decisions.
    • The fourth provision called for a reduction of the National Assembly (Azgayin Zhoghov) from 131 seats to 101 seats.
    • Other provisions include a ban on dual citizenship, to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections, more regulations against human rights abuses, and to allow foreign nationals to own property in Armenia.

Electoral requirement:

  • In order to pass, the provision must receive a majority of votes, and at least one-third the number of total registered voters.

Note: Although a majority of valid votes cast were in favor of the provision, the results were invalidated because with voter turnout of only 48%, the second electoral requirement was not met.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 3,339,099 (July 2002 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 2,334,993 ( 2003 )

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,580,359 (2003)

·         Is Armenia a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Armenia ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (13 September 1993)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 6 (2003)

·         Human Development Index Position: 85 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: High (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Armenia a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Armenia ratified CRPD: Yes (22 September 2010)

·         Population with a disability: 500,864 (est.)