Acting Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan’s bloc "My Step" has received 70.43% of the vote during the Armenian parliamentary elections, the Central Election Commission stated after counting ballots from all 2,010 polling stations. The Prosperous Armenia and the Armenian Renaissance parties have also entered the parliament, scoring 8.27% and 6.37% of the vote respectively, TASS reported.
Former Armenian leading party, the Republican Party of Armenia, failed to surpass the 5% mark, scoring just 4.7% of the vote. The Dashnakthutyun faction received 3.89% of votes. Other parties involved in the parliamentary election received less than 2% of the vote.
A party needs to score at least five percent of the vote, while a bloc is required to have at least seven percent to win seats in the national legislature.
According to official data, more than 2.5 mln citizens across the country are eligible to vote. The Armenian law does not stipulate any voter turnout threshold and the election will be recognized as valid even if the figure is low. Earlier, the Central Election Commission reported that by 17:00 local time, the voter turnout exceeded 39%.
Journalists from 70 local and 32 foreign media outlets, including from Russia, covered the election. Observers from eight international and 22 local organizations monitored the vote. Among them were the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which has more than 250 observers, and another 80 of its members are part of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Election Observer Mission.