YEREVAN, May 3. /TASS/. Parliamentary elections in the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic are over as all the 278 polling stations in its territory and one more station in Yerevan closed at 20:00 local time (19:00 Moscow Time).
The voter turnout at of 17:00 local time (16:00 Moscow Time) was 61%, Raya Nazaryan, the secretary of the Central Election Commission, said in Stepanakert, the republic’s capital city.
The National Assembly of Karabakh (parliament) will have 33 members. Twenty-two of them are elected with seven political parties and eleven - in one-seat communities. From now on, the parliament will work on a permanent basis.
Representatives of political forces and international observers said the elections had been well organized in line with Nagorn-Karabakh’s election code. The local opposition reported "minor drawbacks" on the voting day.
Preliminary results will be announced with 24 hours, the final results - within a week, said the Central Election Commission Chairman, Srbui Arzumanyan.
Co-chairs of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France) said on Thursday they would not recognize the election results as a factor influencing Nagorno-Karabakh’s legal status. "In the context of a comprehensive settlement of the conflict, we recognize the role of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh in deciding their future. However, none of our three countries, nor any other country, recognizes Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent and sovereign state. Accordingly, we do not accept the results of these "elections" as affecting the legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh, and stress that they in no way prejudge the final status of Nagorno-Karabakh or the outcome of the ongoing negotiations to bring a lasting and peaceful settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," they said in a statement.