Parliamentary elections in Georgia: preliminary results: Ruling party well ahead in parliamentary elections count in Georgia - RFE/RL

14:03 Oct. 9, 2016

Ruling party well ahead in parliamentary elections count in Georgia - RFE/RL

Electoral commission staff count ballot papers after voting closed at a polling station in Tbilisi, Georgia, Oct. 9, 2016 (AP Images)

Opposition parties claim "the elections were not free and fair"

Preliminary official results give Georgia's governing party a commanding lead in parliamentary elections, amid accusations of vote-rigging from the opposition.

With votes from more than 67 percent of precincts counted, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said on October 9 that the Georgian Dream party had 49.8 percent of the vote, with the opposition United National Movement (ENM) in second place with 26.7 percent. No other parties had yet passed the 5 percent barrier required in order to win parliamentary mandates.

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Because of Georgia's complex election laws, the final composition of the country's legislative assembly might not be determined until late next month.

Voter turnout was low, with just over 51 percent of those eligible casting ballots, according to the CEC.

Several other opposition parties denounced vote rigging during the elections.

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"Our party will not recognize these results", former parliament speaker and the leader of Democratic Georgia party, Nino Burjanadze, said. "The elections were not free and fair."

"We have evidence of electoral fraud in favor of Georgian Dream, such as, for example, multiple voting", Burjanadze added.

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