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"These elections must become elections of stability and positive changes in Armenia. I vote for the better future of our country," Taron Margaryan, Mayor of Yerevan, a member of the Republican Party of Armenia said, ArmInfo's correspondent reports.
Margaryan voted at G. Starovoytova School in the Avan Community, Yerevan, before his appointment to the post of the mayor, Margaryan headed the above community.
As of 8:00am in the morning on May 6, 1982 polling stations were opened in Armenia. A total of 2.484.003 people can vote for the parliamentary forces and single-mandate candidates running for the parliament.
Nine parties and one bloc are running for the parliament: Republican Party, Prosperous Armenia and Orinats Yerkir coalition parties, and oppositional ARFD, Heritage, Democratic, Communist, United Armenians parties, and the Armenian National Congress political bloc. Experts say the major fight for the seats in the parliament will be between the RPA, Prosperous Armenia and ANC. The parliament of Armenia comprises 131 deputy seats (41 single-mandate and 90 proportional seats). The parties need to overcome the 5% threshold to the parliament, which blocs need to overcome the 7% threshold.
A total of 647 international observers will be observing the parliamentary elections on May 6: 258 observers from OSCE/ODIHR, 37 from PACE, 22 from CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, another 151 from the CIS Observation Mission, 3 people representing IFES, and another 20 - ICES. At least 12 observers will represent the European Parliament, 69 - the OSCE PA, and 16 - SILBA. In addition, 35 representatives of the foreign embassies in Armenia and 24
representatives of foreign CEC will observe the elections. The Armenian CEC has registered around 31,000 local observers.
The preliminary results of the voting will be published at least 24 hours after the voting.