YEREVAN.- U.S. believes in assurance of the Armenian authorities that the upcoming elections will be transparent and fair, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern told journalists on Thursday.

He said an important factor for elections transparency is new Electoral Code. Heffern recalled that President and Prime Minister took on obligation to conduct fair and transparent elections.

According to him, the opposition, civil society and media also have their essential role in holding such elections.  

Efforts should be taken not only on the election day but during the campaign. He said the U.S. Embassy in Armenia is trying to establish contacts with parties, NGOs and the media to contribute to holding elections in accordance with international standards.