Nagorno-Karabakh parliamentary election, 2010

Nagorno-Karabakh parliamentary election, 2010
Nagorno-Karabakh parliamentary election, 2010
Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
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23 May 2010
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All 33 seats to the National Assembly
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Arayik Harutyunyan Ashot Ghulian Vitaly Balasanian
Party Free Motherland Democratic Party ARF
Last election 10 seats, 26.7% 12 seats, 37.6% 3 seats, 24.4%
Seats won 14 seats 7 6
Seat change +4 -5 +3
Popular vote 29,252 18,017 12,725
Percentage 44.2% 27.0% 19.1%
Swing +17.5% -10.6% -5.3%
Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

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A parliamentary election was held in the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on 23 May 2010.[1][2]

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Background

Nagorno-Karabakh declared its independence from Azerbaijan in 1991. A conflict took place between 1988 and 1994 which resulted in Nagorno-Karabakh, with Armenian support, becoming de facto independent from Azerbaijan. However it has not been internationally recognised and Azerbaijan still claims the area as part of its state.[3]

Several changes to the election process were made since the previous election in 2005. Whereas previously, 22 of the parliament's 33 seats were filled using party-list proportional representation and 11 using first-past-the-post, the distribution for these elections is 17-16. Another change concerns the lowering of the election threshold from 10% to 6% (for political parties) and from 15% to 8% (for electoral blocs).[2]

A total of 94,900 voters are registered for the election, about 66% of the total population of Nagorno-Karabakh.[4]

Contesting parties

Before the elections, it became clear very few opposition parties would contest.[2] Four parties contesting the 17 list-based seats are registered: Free Motherland (FM), led by Prime Minister Arayik Harutyunyan, the Democratic Party of Artsakh (DPA), the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARM) and the Communist Party of Artsakh (CPA). Of these parties, only the communists did not support president Bako Sahakyan in the 2007 election. 44 More candidates stand for election in the 16 FPTP constituencies.[4]

Opinion polls

Date of poll Institute FM DPA ARF CPA Independents
May 2010 Sociometer Center 13 11 5 0 4

Results

With about 50% of the votes counted, Free Motherland led the count with 45.8% of the votes. The DPA was at 30.7% and the ARF at 18.2%. The CP was below the electoral threshold of 6% (5.34%), which means it might be difficult for them to get a seat.[5]

At the morning of 25 May, after counting of all votes, Free Motherland was at 46,4%, The DPA was at 28,6%, and the ARF was at 20,2%. The Communist Party was at 4,8% and did not get into parliament in the party-list proportional representation.[6]

e • d Summary of the 23 May 2010 National Assembly of Nagorno-Karabakh election results
Parties Votes
PR Lists
% Seats (PR) Seats (FPTP) Seats (total) +/–
Free Motherland (Azat Hayrenik) 29,252 44.2 8 6 14 +4
Democratic Party of Artsakh (Artsakhi Demokratakan Kusaktsutyun) 18,017 27.0 5 2 7 –5
Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Hai Heghapokhakan Dashnaktsutyun) 12,725 19.1 4 2 6 +3
Communist Party of Artsakh (Artsakhi Komunistakan Kusaktsutyun) 3,057 4.6
Non-partisans 6 6 –2
Valid votes 63,324 94.8 17 16 33
Invalid/blank votes 3,446 5.2
Total (Turnout 67.8%) 66,771 100.0 17 16 33
Source: NKR Ministry of Foreign Affairs Caucasian Knot

Reaction

About 120 international observers from France, Russia, USA, Italy, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Argentina, Ireland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Iran, Netherlands, Canada, Slovakia, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transnistria, and others, as well as a big group of observers from Armenia observed the elections.[7][8] Later the Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast stated that Iran had not delegated any observers.[9] Azerbaijan made a black list of the international observers who visited Nagorno-Karabakh and declared them personae non-gratae.[10]

Various international organisations and countries issued statements refusing to recognise the 2010 elections in Nagorno-Karabakh, among them the OSCE,[11] the European Union,[12] the United Kingdom,[13] France,[14] Iran,[15] Russia,[16] Turkey,[17] Greece,[18] Georgia,[19] Lithuania,[20] and Romania.[21]

References

  1. ^ Maximiliano Herrera. "Electoral Calendar- world elections,US elections,presidential election,world parties". Mherrera.org. http://www.mherrera.org/elections.htm. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  2. ^ a b c Hayrumyan, Naira (12 March 2010). "NKR votes 2010: Absence of opposition in Karabakh’s upcoming polls". Armenia Now. http://www.armenianow.com/karabakh/21557/parliamentary_elections_in_karabakh. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Karabakh holds disputed elections". BBC Online. 2005-06-19. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4107988.stm. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  4. ^ a b Hayrumyan, Naira (20 May 2010). "NKR Votes 2010: Candidates for parliament seats united in uncompromising stance on Karabakh settlement". Armenia Now. http://www.armenianow.com/karabakh/23228/parliamentary_elections_nkr. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Free Homeland Party Wins 45.8 percent of Votes in Karabakh Elections". Stepanakert: RIA Novosti/Yerevan Report. 24 May 2010. http://www.yerevanreport.com/2010/05/24/free-homeland-party-wins-45-8-percent-of-votes-in-karabakh-elections/. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "На парламентских выборах в НКР победила партия “Свободная родина”". Karabakh News. 25 May 2010. http://karabakh-news.com/7124-na-parlamentskix-vyborax-v-nkr-pobedila-partiya-svobodnaya-rodina.html. 
  7. ^ "Free Homeland party leads count in Karabakh parliamentary vote." RIA Novosti. 24 May 2010.
  8. ^ "PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS HELD IN THE NKR". Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. 25, May 2010. http://www.nkr.am/en/news/2010-05-25/265/. 
  9. ^ Иран опроверг информацию об участии своих наблюдателей на так называемых «парламентских выборах» в Нагорном Карабахе
  10. ^ "Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry: The foreigners, who observed the “elections” in Nagorno Karabakh, will be banned from arriving in Azerbaijan". APA Azerbaijan. 26 May 2010. http://en.apa.az/news.php?id=123095. 
  11. ^ OSCE Chairperson-in-Office comment on the 'parliamentary election' in Nagorno-Karabakh
  12. ^ Disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh elects new parliament
  13. ^ Q&A: Nagorno Karabakh - Lord Howell of Guildford
  14. ^ Франция не признает выборы в НКР
  15. ^ Iran does not recognize parliamentary poll in Nagorno-Karabakh: FM Spokesman
  16. ^ Karabakh Voters Flock to Polls for Parliamentary Elections
  17. ^ Turkey condemns election in Karabakh
  18. ^ Азербайджанских туристов ждут в Греции
  19. ^ Georgia does not recognize elections in Nagorno Karabakh
  20. ^ Lithuania confirms non-recognition of "parliamentary elections" in Nagorno-Karabakh
  21. ^ Romania does not recognize legitimacy of parliamentary election in Nagorno-Karabakh

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