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There was a very positive campaign and a high degree of transparency during the Armenia snap parliamentary elections, delegate from UK John Howell said during the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

“From what I can gather, it was also an election that was free from the influence of what one might call ‘big money’,” Howell said.

Nicole Duranton, a delegate from France, in turn, added that the elections were held in respect for fundamental freedom. Although the campaign was brief, it did not prevent from organizing good elections, she added. Duranton pointed to a low turnout, which she called “worrisome”.

Andrej Sircelj from Slovenia stressed that sanctions for vote buying and other offences were adopted before the Election Day. However, Sircelj said there has to be more transparent financing of political campaigns, and it is necessary to encourage women’s engagement in elections, and in general encourage people’s interest in elections.

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