The breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia held elections to its self-styled parliament on June 8.
Georgia -- which doesn't recognize South Ossetia's 2008 declaration of indepedence -- has called the elections illegitimate.
Candidates from nine parties compete for seats in the 34-member parliament in the region's main city, Tskhinvali.
A South Ossetian election official said turnout by the region's estimated 42,000 voters had reached 44 percent by late afternoon.
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Preliminary results are expected late on June 8.
One party taking part in the elections, Yedinaya Ossetia, has called for a referendum to be held on joining Russia.
South Ossetia broke away from Georgia after a brief 1992-93 war.
Russia and a few other countries have recognized South Ossetia's independence.
Based on reporting by dpa, ITAR-TASS, Interfax