Electoral campaign gets under way in Nagornyy Karabakh Republic (NKR)

Mediamax news agency
16 May 05

Yerevan, 16 May: The electoral campaigns of parliamentary candidates
started in the Nagornyy Karabakh Republic (NKR) today. The elections
to the National Assembly are scheduled for 19 June.

Mediamax has learnt from the NKR Central Electoral Commission [CEC]
that eight out of the nine parties operating in the republic have
submitted their lists to the CEC and the lists were registered. Two
parties - the Armenian Revolutionary Federation of Artsakh -
Dashnaktsutyun and Movement-88 - will stand in the elections in
one bloc.

In accordance with the NKR's new electoral code, for the first time
elections will be held also under the proportional system. One third
of the seats in the 33-seat parliament is envisaged for MPs elected
under the proportional system. A total of 127 candidates are competing
for 22 MP seats under the first-past-the-post system.

The parties registered by the CEC will be given both paid and free
air time on the NKR's Public TV and radio company. The candidates
registered under the first-past-the-post system are entitled to pay
for their TV and radio time from their electoral funds.