Parliamentary Elections in Karabakh Deemed Valid

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The chairman of the Central Electoral Commission in Nagorno Karabakh capital Stepanakert stated that the third elections to the local parliament has been deemed valid.

About 60 percent of the 83,000 eligible voters turned up in the polling stations to cast their ballots. The 113 candidates were running for 33 seats.

According to the preliminary information–issued late on Monday–the elections delivered a slim victory to Democratic Artsakh Movement–supporting the president–securing a virtually unchanged 13 of 33 parliamentary seats.

Together with non-partisan deputies loyal to the current Karabakh leadership–they are widely expected to hold the majority of seats in the new National Assembly.

The nationalist Armenian Revolutionary Party Dashnaktsutyun came second with a steady nine seats while the Armenakaner Party won a single seat. The rest will be allocated to independents.

No major incidents were reported during Sunday’s voting. Under Karabakh election law–official results of the vote must be made public no later than morning of June 20.

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