March 5, 2003 Held


Republic of Armenia

Election for Armenian Presidency


Cast Votes:1,563,071
Valid Votes:1,548,602
Invalid Votes:14,469


Robert N KOCHARIA1,044,591


Stepan DEMIRTCHIAN504,011


More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Armenia

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.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the president with the approval of the parliament.
  • In the National Assembly (Azgayin Zhoghov), 75 members are elected through a party-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms and 56 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms.

Main Candidates in the Second Round of the Presidential race:

  • Robert N KOCHARIA
    • Alliance: Independent
    • Party: Peoples Party of Armenia

Last Presidential election:

  • The last presidential election was held on March 16, 1998, with a second round held on March 30th. In the second round, KOCHARIAN won the presidency by securing 59.5% of the votes cast while opponent Karen DEMIRCHYAN secured 40.5% of the votes. The first round of this presidential election was held on February 19, 2003.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 3,339,099 (July 2002 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 2,315,410 ( 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.)