June 20, 2021 – 18:37 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – 989,972 people or 38.17% of eligible voters cast their ballots in snap parliamentary elections in Armenia as of 5:00 pm Sunday, June 20, according to information provided by the Central Electoral Commission.
Voter turnout appeared to be higher than during the 2018 elections but has slowed down in the past several hours.
25 parties and blocs are running for seats in the National Assembly, including those headed by the country’s caretaker Prime Minister and two former Presidents.
Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced on March 18 that Armenia will hold snap parliamentary elections on June 20. The PM came under fire after signing a statement with the Russian and Azerbaijani Presidents to end the war in Nagorno-Karabakh almost 45 days after the start of the military hostilities. Under the deal, the Armenian side was forced to return all the seven regions surrounding Karabakh, having lost a part of Karabakh itself in hostilities.