YEREVAN, June 20. /TASS/. Observers from the mission of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have registered no serious violations during the voting at Sunday's early parliamentary elections in Armenia, the mission's coordinator, Igor Komarovsky, told TASS.
"[The electoral process] is proceeding quite calmly. Our mission has reported no serious flaws or violations," he said.
According to Komarovsky, the CIS IPA mission met with observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), who also said they had registered no serious violations.
Twenty-five parties and blocs, including acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's Civil Contract party and Armenia Alliance, led by the country’s second president Robert Kocharyan, are contesting seats in the national legislature. A party needs to garner at least 5% of the vote to be elected. The threshold for a bloc is 7%. The country has over 2.5 million registered voters.
A total of 2,008 polling stations across the country opened at 08:00 a.m. local time (07:00 a.m. Moscow time) and will close at 20:00 local time (19:00 Moscow time).