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Armenia: Elections and Results2012-05-10 15:58
According to the CEC, following the parliamentary elections in Armenia, the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), which has retained an absolute majority in parliament, receiving a total of 69 seats out of 131, remains the leading force in the country. Such outcome was expected. However, a lot of surprises also took place. Suspicions aroused due to extremely high voter turnout - 200 thousand more than in 2007. But international observers have noted intimidation of citizens, as well as the distribution of "gifts with a subtext".
As a result of the counting of ballots, the Republican Party has received 663 thousand votes (44.05%). Second place taken by the coalition party of "Prosperous Armenia" (PAP), which received 454 thousand votes (30.2%). The third place with a large margin was taken by the radical opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC), which scored 106 thousand votes (7.1%), and, having overcome the seven percent barrier, passed into the parliament. The opposition party "Heritage" received 87 thousand votes (5.79%), and "Dashnaktsutiun" (ARF) - 86 thousand votes (5.73%). Coalition Party "Rule of Law" won 77 thousand votes (5.4%).
Communist Party of Armenia, the Democratic Party and the party "United Armenians" failed to overcome the five percent barrier. According to the CEC, the Republican Party also leads in single-member districts. Candidates from the Republican Party won majority in 28 constituencies of the country (a total of 41 District). About 53 thousand ballots were declared invalid.
The dissenting and dissatisfied
The united headquarters to control the elections (which includes the PAP, the ANC and ARF) after the completion of voting on May 6, expressed concern about the high turnout. According to the CEC, it is 200,000 more than the number of voters who participated in the parliamentary elections in 2007.
According to the head of election headquarters of the ANC Levon Zurabyan, this figure is simply not acceptable in view of the growing migration from the country over the past few years. According to the Migration Service, over the past 10 years, Armenia has left 260 thousand people, representing almost 10% of the total population. According to the census of 2011, de facto population of Armenia is 2.87 million people.
Representatives of the "Prosperous Armenia" are also dissatisfied with the results of elections. Ex-Foreign Minister of Armenia, who has recently entered the ranks of the PAP, a close ally of second President Robert Kocharian, Vartan Oskanian told in an interview to the Civilnet.am that the past election did not reflect the will of the people and that he strongly opposed a coalition with the Republican Party.
Opposition forces "ARF" and the Armenian National Congress disagreed with the elections results, but found it necessary not to abandon the mandate and work in Parliament.
The observers and conclusions
Observers of the CIS PA assessed the elections to be open, competitive and free. "The recent parliamentary elections have fully met the accepted international norms and electoral legislation in Armenia. Parliamentary elections were an important step in strengthening democracy in the country", the head of the CIS Observer Mission in Armenia Vladimir Garkun said at a press conference.
The CIS mission noted the premature loss of stamps from the passport of those voters who had already voted, as well as crowding in front of polling stations, which also took place due to citizens' activity, as the main shortcomings of the past elections.