The Armenian polls that saw President Serzh Sarkisian win re-election were free of any serious violations, the central elections commission said Monday as it released the poll’s final results. Serzh Sarkisian scored crushing victory in last week’s presidential elections seen as a crucial test for the ex-Soviet state. “In the course of the electoral campaign and the vote, there were no violations that could have affected the elections’ result,” said the head of the Central Elections Commission, Tigran Mukuchyan. “Serzh Azatovich Sarkisian has been elected President of the Republic of Armenia,” he announced.
According to the final results, Sarkisian received 58.64 percent of the votes against his top challenger Raffi Hovannisian’s 36.74 percent. Turnover was 60.18 percent.
Observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly said the February 18 election was an improvement on past polls but lacked real competition after two leading candidates pulled out late last year.
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