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The “outcome” of the elections already announced

2010-05-14 09:55

6001.jpegThe Georgian authorities are going to win the local elections. This can hardly be doubted, especially after the uncompromising result of an American research: the ruling party is supported by more than a half of the citizens of the capital and over one third of the country's population. The opposition believes the poll to be "paid", although it is going to be the bar for the electoral commissions to level up their figures. The most beneficial position is taken up by leader of Movement for United Georgia Nino Burdzhanadze who is boycotting the elections.


A while ago, the oppositionists asked UN to hold the elections in Georgia on their own so that no one had any questions as to their fairness. However, the international organizations refused to do it, having promised to send the observers to Georgia and thoroughly watch the events in the country.

Ultimately, with the support of the American National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the use of the administrative resource the ruling party managed to establish an image of invincibility.

A poll conducted by the Institute has been published this week, showing that the United National Movement is leading the poll with the support of 39 percent of the country's population. Candidate for the post of Mayor of Tbilisi, current city administrator Gigi Ugulava enjoys the support of 57 percent of the Tbilisians.

The rest of political forces fall behind. Only 6 percent of the Georgians support the Christian Democrats, while five percent support Alliance for Georgia. On the contrary, in the capital, candidate of the Alliance Irakliy Alasania enjoys greater support (7 percent) than Gia Chanturia, a candidate named by the Christian Democrats (4 percent). The latter is overrun by the Industrialists' candidate Goga Topadze with his five percent of votes. However, all this data cannot be compared to the nationals' rating.

The opposition has already expressed dissatisfaction with the poll results, having suspected NDI of bias. In the opinion of the leader of the Freedom party, deputy Konstantin Gamsakhurdia, the latest ratings of the institute, as well as the research conducted earlier by the International Republican Institute (IRI) are nothing but wishful thinking that is "wished", by the way, by the Americans, not the Georgians. He also criticized including the items of the Church and the patriarch in the pre-election poll.

The Laborites who are not going to take part in the elections at all are also protesting against the poll results. They call it a "farcical play" aimed at "maintaining Saakashvili's monocratic regime".

The National Council also regards NDI's poll to be prejudicial. According to one of the leaders Kakha Kukava, "in all the American researches conducted in Georgia within the last 20 years, the president and the non-governmental organizations lead with a higher percent than they do in real life".

In a situation like this, one should not expect the American researchers to be objective; they are going to conduct exit polls, so another leader of the National Council Zviad Dzidziguri involved in a scuffle with the bill posters on May 6 appealed to the US Ambassador to Georgia John Bass with a request to cancel the work of the Edisson Research Company which had earlier compromised itself with the paid polls.

According to the oppositionists, the situation represented by NDI is disappointing for the oppositional electorate and strengthens the ruling party's positions.

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