TBILISI, DFWatch–Repeat elections will be held June 29 at seven precincts because results there were canceled, Georgia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) announced.
Among the precincts which will hold another first round in the local elections two are in Marneuli, a town south of Tbilisi where the results were abolished after the National Movement released a video allegedly showing fraud.
Repeat elections will also be held at Khoni’s 22nd precinct, because someone broke into the precinct on Election Day and smashed ballot boxes, as well as at the second and fifth precincts in Tkibuli; in Anaklia’s 32nd precinct and in Kobuleti’s 34th precinct.
The second round of the local elections will most likely be conducted in mid-July, according to CEC spokesperson Eka Azarashvili. Final results of the election must be published no later than 24 days after Election Day and in three days the second round must be appointed. After appointing the date of the election, it must be conducted within two weeks.
After 100 percent of votes are counted at all precincts, Georgian Dream candidate Davit Narmania has 46.09 percent of votes in Tbilisi, Nikanor Melia, National Movement 27.97 percent, Dimitry Lortkipanidze, Nino Burjanadze United Opposition 12.82 percent.
Georgian Dream received 50.82 percent of votes in all of Georgia, National Movement 22.41 percent, Nino Burjanadze United Opposition 10.22 percent.
Georgian Dream candidates are in first place, while UNM candidates made it to the second round in Tbilisi, Rustavi, Telavi and Batumi in elections of mayors, and in Kvareli, Telavi, Terjola, Khoni and Kobuleti in the elections there for gamgebelis, which are heads of municipalities.
Candidates for Burjanadze’s coalition made it to the second round in Akhmeta, Tianeti, Tkibuli and Martvili.
Candidates from Georgia’s Alliance of Patriots will be competing in the second round for mayors in Poti and Ozurgeti and in Lanchkhuti and Khulo for gamgebelis.
Candidates for Irakli Okruashvili’s party will be competing in Gori, one Green Party candidate in Mtskheta and one candidate for Salome Zourabichvili’s party Georgia’s Way in Baghdati.