TBILISI, DFWatch – The breakaway republic Abkhazia Sunday completed its 2012 parliamentary election by holding a second round of voting.
There was voting in 20 districts this time. The region has a first past the post system, and these districts out of a total of 35 needed a second round of voting because no candidate achieved a clear victory in the first round.
According to preliminary results, 46.21% of eligible voters took part, the agency Apsnypress reports. In the first round, turnout was 44.51%.
According to the news agency, among the elected are three representatives from the opposition party “People’s Unity Forum of Abkhazia,” two – from the “United Abkhazia,” the other 15 were nominated by initiative groups.
40 candidates were competing in the second round. Three of the nine current members of the so-called parliament managed to win in the second round of voting. 148 candidates were competing in the first round held on March 10.
33 MPs are already elected. The election needs to be approved by a Court in the de facto republic, a decision which is still pending.