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Parliamentary elections in Georgia: when the power does not change

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The ruling party "Georgian Dream" celebrates the victory, and the opposition "United National Movement" claims of fraud and develops an action plan
11:24, 11 October 2016

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In Georgia, October 8 parliamentary elections were held. The country chose 150 deputies: 77 - under the proportional system, and 73 - by the majority. The ruling party "Georgian Dream" celebrates the victory, and the opposition "United National Movement" states about fraud and develops a plan of action.

The triumph of "Georgian Dream"

According to the final data of the Central Election Commission of Georgia, 1,814,276 people took part in the parliamentary elections, which is 51.63% of the total number of voters of Georgia.

It is known that "Georgian Dream" and "United National Movement" Mikheil Saakashvili would be in the parliament. According to recent data (99.41%), "Georgian Dream" is gaining 48.61%, or 851 thousand 945 voters, "United National Movement." - 27.04%, or 473 thousand 896 votes.

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"Alliance of Georgian Patriots" is trying to overcome the 5-protsetny barrier, but is not gaining enough votes - now it has 4,998%.

The CEC noted that this is preliminary information, 200 complaints received during the voting are not considered yet.

According to the CEC Chairman Tamar Zhvania, presumably in the 53 single-mandate constituencies will be held the second round of voting. It should be held until November 2.

This includes 18 majority districts of Tbilisi and Adjara regions, including district №71, constituency of the former mayor of Kyiv Leonid Chernovetsky. However, the ex-mayor did not win there: he scored about 12% of the vote, standing behind Kobe Nakaidze of "Georgian Dream" and Janusz Dzhinharadze from United National Movement.

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It is also known that the candidate of the United National Movement, Mikheil Saakashvili's wife Sandra Roelofs went to the second round in the majoritarian district №66, gaining 46.18% of votes. At the same time, and she ran on the party list.

UNM is against

Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili called the election transparent, free and democratic, but his opponents of "United National Movement" declare fraud and pressure.

On the night after the election, supporters of the UNM held a protest at the Central Election Commission and met with the head of the Central Election Commission. Opposition are skeptical about it and say that "in this country is all about Bidzina Ivanishvili" (founder of the "Civil Dream" and its informal leader, deprived of Georgian citizenship). Now the "United National Movement" consults and develops a plan of action.

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According to one of the leaders Nicky Melia, elections are violated in all directions, "from the destruction of the polling stations, the kidnapping of ballot boxes, to kidnapping members of the commission."

International Party Secretary Giga Bokeria said that the elections were not equal for all the participants.

"The last straw of dishonesty and arrogance was that Ivanishvili wrote the results and CEC announced them CEC. These results cannot be considered legitimate," Ratiani said.

Incidents at polling stations

In Saburtalo UNM reported about beating of two observers, a father and son. About 20 people came out of 4 cars and physically punished the father and son. Georgian Interior Ministry has launched an investigation.

Related: Elections in Georgia attended by almost 35% of voters. - CEC

In the village of Dzhihashkari (Zugdidi municipality) the unknown smashed two polling stations. According to one observer, the unknown stolen her cell phone.

In the village Kizilajlo (Marneuli municipality) supporters of the party "United National Movement" and the block "Paata Burchuladze - a state for the people" tried to invade in the 48th polling station and steal the ballot box. The law enforcement officers did not give them such an opportunity, with the result that the supporters of these parties became particularly aggressive and started throwing stones at the police.

Several law enforcement officers, including the head of the Marneuli Police, get wounded.

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Not perfect, but acceptable

The observation mission of the OSCE/ODIHR stated that the parliamentary elections were held in "a competitive and well administered environment where fundamental freedoms, in general, are protected." International observers said that the opening of almost all the polling stations and vote deserve "positive" rating, but the process of counting the votes "is considerably worse."

US National Democratic Institute (NDI) has reported that some polling stations the vote counting process was suspended or stopped due to unmanaged, and in some cases, aggressive groups.

The observers from the International Republican Institute (IRI) assessed the election as "not perfect, but overall calm and peaceful."

The EU called for all parties and candidates to avoid confrontation and violence in the second round.

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