Armenian parliamentary election, 2007

Armenian parliamentary election, 2007

Parliamentary elections were held in Armenia on 12 May 2007. [ [http://www.electionguide.org/country-events.php?ID=12 ElectionGuide.org] ] 1,364 candidates ran for the 131 seats, 41 of which were constituency seats with the remaining 90 being filled by a proportional party-list system. [ [http://english.people.com.cn/200705/12/eng20070512_374049.html Armenian parliament election kicks off] People's Daily Online, 12 May 2007] The electoral threshold is five per cent.

Results

The BBC reported a turnout of over 60%. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6650789.stm 2007 Armenian elections - BBC] ] The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe judged the elections to have "demonstrated improvement" over previous parliamentary elections, but said "the stated intention by the Armenian authorities to conduct an election in line with OSCE commitments and international standards was not fully realized." [ [http://www.osce.org/documents/html/pdftohtml/26169_en.pdf.html OSCE/ODIHR EOM Final Report, 10 September 2007]

Critics and opposition politicians had announced their fears that the polls would not be democratic, despite officials' reassurements that the changes to the voting laws will ensure a more democratic election than the greatly criticised 2003 one [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6648935.stm Armenia holds parliamentary poll] BBC News, 12 May 2007] .

Pre-vote poll

A poll from early April 2007 gave the following results: [ [http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm/fuseaction/viewItem/itemID/15639 Republicans Set to Win in Armenia] Angus Reid Global Monitor, 7 May 2007]

* Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) -- 31%
* Prosperous Armenia (BHK) -- 27%
* Rule of Law (Armenia) (OE) -- 11%
* Armenian Revolutionary Federation (HHD) -- 8%
* National Unity (NU) -- 7%
* People's Party of Armenia (HZhK) -- 5%
* Other parties -- 11%

References

External links

* [http://www.transparency.am/ Center for Regional Development / Transparency International Armenia Election Monitor]
* [http://oneworld.blogsome.com/category/2007-parliamentary-election/ Armenia Parliamentary Monitor 2007]
* [http://ditord.wordpress.com/ Armenian Blog Review / Armenian Blogosphere on Parliamentary Elections 2007]
* [http://munetik.wordpress.com/ Հայկական բլոգների լրաքաղ / Հայկական բլոգոսֆերան 2007թ. խորհրդարանական ընտրությունների մասին]


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