Strasbourg, 29.04.2009

First municipal elections in Yerevan (Armenia): pre-electoral mission of the Council of Europe Congress

Date:  4-5 May 2009

Location: Yerevan (Armenia)

Description: In view of the first elections for the City Council in Yerevan, which will be held on 31 May 2009, a 3-member delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will visit the Armenian capital city.

These elections will be the first to be held since the amendments to the Armenian Constitution of 2005. These amendments gave Yerevan the status of a “community”, providing for the election of the City Council and – as a consequence - of the Mayor, who was previously appointed by the Government.

Congress Vice-President Fabio Pellegrini (Italy, SOC), Michel Guégan (France, NR) and Nigel Mermagen (UK, ILDG) will hold meetings with candidates running for the election of mayor, representatives of government, opposition and electoral bodies, the Armenian Congress delegation, as well as with the media and NGOs.

Press contacts

(in Yerevan) Renate Zikmund, Head of the Congress Division of Communication, International Relations and Election Observation, tel. +33 6 59 78 64 55;

Council of Europe Office in Yerevan

tel. +374 10 54 63 22 / 26 / 28 / 29, Fax: +374 10 54 63 19,