Republic of Armenia: Referendum, 6 December 2015
At stake in this election:
- This referendum will determine if the constitution will be amended to change the country from a semi-presidential system to a parliamentary republic.
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: President Serzh SARGSIAN (since 9 April 2008)
- Head of Government: Prime Minister Hovik ABRAHAMYAN (since 13 April 2014)
- Assembly: Armenia has a unicameral Azgayin Zhoghov (National Assembly) composed of 131 seats with members serving 5-year terms.
- The referendum requires at least 33% of registered voter participation to be considered valid, and a simple majority vote to be passed.
Note: There is some discrepancy among sources regarding the minimum requirement to validate the referendum, with some sources claiming 33% and others claiming 25%. Regardless, voter turnour for the referendum was over 50%, making it valid.
Main provisions in the referendum:
- The main provision in this referendum asks voters if they support the proposed amendments to the constitution, which will effectively change the government from a semi-presidential to parliamentary system.
Population and number of registered voters:
· Population: 3,056,382 (July 2015 est.)
· Registered Voters: 2,567,047 (2015)
· Female Population: 1,579,089 (July 2015 est.)
· Is Armenia a signatory to CEDAW: N/A
· Has Armenia ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (13 September 1993)
· Gender Quota: Yes
· Female candidates in this election: N/A
· Number of Female Parliamentarians: 14 (10.69%)
· Human Development Index Position: 85
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: High
· Is Armenia a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
· Has Armenia ratified CRPD: Yes (22 September 2010)
· Population with a disability: 458,457
 The gender quota states that the number of persons of each sex shall not exceed 80% of any integer group of five candidates starting from the second number of the electoral list of a political party or alliance for the National Election.