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The presidential campaign in Armenia has officially kicked off today, on Jan 21. All the candidates for president will be provided with 60 minutes free and 120 paid airtime on the Public Television and Radio, as well as an opportunity to buy additional airtime on private TV and Radio companies.
According to a draw at the Central Electoral Commission, the first candidate to use free airtime on the Public Television is Paruyr Hayrikyan, Leader of the Union for Self-Determination Party. The last candidate to speak on the Public Television is the incumbent president Serzh Sargsyan on Feb 16. The election campaign on the Public Television will start at 6:00pm everyday (around 30 minute delay is possible for technical reasons). On the Public Radio the candidates will speak twice in a day starting from 1:30pm and 9:40om.
Thus, the presidential candidates are as follows: incumbent president Serzh Sargsyan from the Republican Party and former prime minister Hrant Bagratyan from the Liberty Party. All the remaining are self- nominated candidates: Leader of the Union for National Self-Determination Party Paruyr Hayrikyan, Leader of Heritage Party Raffi Hovannisian, Advisor for Political Issues of the Refugees and the International Law Civil Society Network, ex-foreign minister of NKR Arman Melikyan, Leader of National Accord Party Aram Haroutiunyan, political expert Andrias Ghukasyan, and specialist in
epic Vardan Sedrakyan. The elections will be held on Feb 18 2013.
The election campaign will end on Feb 17 at midnight. The 6th presidential election in Armenia will start on Feb 18 at 8:00am and end at 8:00pm.