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Samson Martirosyan

Armenia: Voters Cast Ballots for New Parliament

Voters in Armenia go to the polls today to elect the country’s new parliament.

There are 2,583,823 eligible voters will decide between twenty-one political parties and four alliances.

Unlike the 2018 special parliamentary election, today’s election will be held via a simple proportional system. Relevant changes to the Electoral Code were made in   on April 1, 2021.

The threshold to enter the parliament for parties is 5% and 7% for alliances.

According to the Constitution of Armenia, one political force or alliance in the National Assembly must have a stable majority.

If any political force wins more than 50% of the seats (at least 51 seats) in the election, that force will form a parliamentary majority.

If none does not get more than 50% of the seats (at least 51 seats), the political forces that have passed the minimum threshold can form a coalition within six days to get a majority of the total number of seats.

A political coalition can be formed of a maximum of three parties/blocs, and they must have a joint candidate for prime minister.

If the above two scenarios fail to occur, a second round of voting is held, in which the two parties with the most votes in the first round take part.

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