Notes From Hairenik
As of 10:00 pm last night, according to the Central Election Commission 59.4 percent of registered voters throughout Armenia participated in the elections, or 1,375,733 voters.

The tally of votes received for each political organization on the majoritarian and proportional lists is still not finalized, but as of the time of this post, some preliminary results appear below. These tallies are made from 251,353 counted ballots at 512 voting precincts throughout the country (as of 6:00 am).

Republican Party of Armenia: 97,203
Prosperous Armenia: 47,024
ARF-Dashnaktsutiun: 35,484
Orinats Yerkir: 12,970
Heritage: 5,600
New Times: 5,227
People’s Party of Armenia: 3,653
Republic: 3,624
Impeachment bloc: 1,740
United Liberal National Party (MIAK): 338

Naturally, there have been reported irregularities, such as last-minute bribes of 15,000 and 25,000 drams issued by the Republicans and Prosperous Armenia, respectively, ballot stuffing at one precinct, and brawls. Apparently in the Nor Nork (Masiv) district of Yerevan, a fight broke out between ARF-Dashnaktsutiun and Republican Party supporters. Both parties accused each other of attempting to rig the vote: supposedly one voter who chose to elect the ARF tried to get into the polling station again to cast a second vote, and Republicans cried foul. Apparently, the ARF provoked the struggle. Supposedly, votes went missing belonging to Raffi Hovanissian’s Heritage party according to its spokesman, although this has yet to be confirmed.

More information to come.

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