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Liveblog: Parliamentary Elections In Georgia

Parliamentary polls in Georgia on October 1 were seen as a key test of competing visions of the country's political course. Follow the elections and their aftermath with RFE/RL.

In Georgia, voters chose between the parties of President Mikheil Saakashvili and his chief rival, Bidzina Ivanishvili.
09:29 2.10.2012
09:02 2.10.2012
Kanal PIK has a useful live blog on majoritarian contests:

12:48 With over 91 percent of ballots counted in Signaghi precincts, the race between the United National Movement and the Georgian Dream candidates is very close, with 47.48 percent for Gela Gelashvili from the opposition and 48.34 percent for Levan Bezhashvili from the UNM.
08:58 2.10.2012
The Central Election Commission (CEC) building in Tbilisi.
The Central Election Commission (CEC) building in Tbilisi.

Georgia's Central Election Commission says early results from Monday's parliamentary election indicate opponents of President Mikheil Saakashvili are leading.

The CEC said that with ballots from more than 20 percent of polling stations counted, the opposition Georgian Dream coalition led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili was leading in the vote for party lists.

The CEC said Georgian Dream had 54 percent of the vote, while the ruling United National Movement received 41 percent.

Seventy seven of the 150 members of parliament are being elected based on party lists. The remaining 73 members are being elected directly in voting districts.

08:45 2.10.2012

Fourteen more districts to go...

07:57 2.10.2012

Via Kanal Pik

"...reporting from the majoritarian districts is under way, with some showing major leads by ruling party and opposition candidates with between 80 and 90 percent of the precinct votes counted."

07:43 2.10.2012

As we are all impatiently waiting for the official results, international election observers will hold a live press conference today at 14:30 Tbilisi time (+4 GMT)

07:33 2.10.2012

Via early this morning...

Chairman of Central Election Commission, Zurab Kharatishvili, said elections in at least two out of total 53 precincts in Shida Kartli region’s town of Khashuri will be annulled amid reports of armed and masked man breaking into several polling stations and falsifying vote tallies.

07:32 2.10.2012

Does this explain last night's delay by the CEC in releasing the official results?

07:24 2.10.2012

"So far the votes are still being counted, and we will need a few more hours to get a full picture. But based on exit polls we can already say the majority in the proportional party vote goes to the opposition, to the Georgian Dream coalition. But as regards the majoritarian vote in constituencies, the majority went to the United National Movement."

-- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili speaking late Monday (October 1) in a televised address from Tbilisi.

Via Reuters.

07:08 2.10.2012

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