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YEREVAN. – President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan received on Thursday head of the CIS Observation Mission in Armenia’s parliamentary elections, First Deputy Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Vladimir Garkun and the head of Observation Mission Yevgeny Sloboda.

“We have done everything for Armenia to hold free and democratic elections, for our people and international partners to inspire trust. It is very important to us,” Sargsyan said.

Head of the Observation Mission stated that there are 173 observers from almost all of the CIS member states. They pay a great importance to the May 6 parliamentary elections in Armenia.

Eight political parties and one block have presented their nominations – Republican Party of Armenian, Prosperous Armenia Party, Orinats Yerkir, opposition Armenian National Congress, opposition Heritage Party, ARF Dashnaktsutyun, the Communist Party of Armenia, Democratic Party of Armenia and United Armenians Party.

For entering the National Assembly, parties must poll over 5% of votes, while blocs - over 7%.

The election campaign will be held till May 5 - the day prior to elections when campaigning is banned. The parliamentary elections will be held from 8 am to 8 pm on May 6, 2012.

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