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Opposition looking for revenge after elections2010-05-21 16:36
Today, Georgian CEC is going to start printing ballot papers for the local elections that will be held on May 30. Besides, today is the last day of the registration of those Georgian organizations that wish to watch the elections. Most experts are sure that the results of the elections are pre-determined: the current Mayor of Tbilisi, representative of the ruling National Movement Gigi Ugulava is going to win because of the lack of unity among the opposition. The opposition, which has more than once stated that the elections are to become crucial for the country's domestic policy but still never managed to consolidate, is indignant at such forecasts. This time, the criticism was
attracted by CSA French Company.
One of these days, CSA French Company published the results of the investigation concerning the coming elections. The investigation was held by the French company on the order of Rustavi 2 and Imedi TV companies, so no wonder the ruling party is leading there, the leaders of the opposition are convinced. According to the poll, current Mayor of Tbilisi Georgiy Ugulava is winning 57 percent of votes. He is followed by leader of the oppositional Alliance for Georgia Irakliy Alasania, who, according to the poll, he has won only 14 percent. The gap is too large and is a true blow for the Georgian oppositional sector. What is the good of all these loud statements and calls to meetings and protest actions if the opposition has got such feeble support among the people of the country?
It should also be mentioned that other oppositionists have got even a lower rating than Irakliy Alasania who has actively called to the early presidential elections and who was allegedly going to become the president of Georgia last spring. For instance, according to the poll held by CSA, Georgiy Chanturia, a representative of the oppositional Christian Democrats who are close friends with the ruling party has gained 11 percent. Leader of party Industry Will Save Georgia Gogi Topadze has gained as much as 10 percent. Zviad Dzidziguri gained 5 percent, and Nika Ivanishvili and David Yakobidze gained 1 percent each. The research was carried out in Tbilisi on May 1-4 and covered over 1000 respondents. No wonder the opposition grew resentful, having characterized the published poll as a biased one.
One of the leaders of the Defend Georgia movement Levan Gachechiladze called the research of CSA French company published on May 19 "the acts of psychological terror" and pressure upon the society. "This research has got nothing to do with the real situation. These are just acts of psychological terror in respect of the society", - Levan Gachechiladze stated. According to him, the companies which provided data for the research and by which order it was carried out are fully controlled by such officials as President Mikhail Saakashvili and Head of MIA Vano Merabishvili. Leader of party Industry Will Save Georgia Gogi Topadze made the following statement: "I do not believe any researches. I do not believe they are real. I do not trust any researches. We conduct a real research during our meetings with the people and it shows that the government has got a very low rating".
According to GHN agency, candidate for the post of Mayor of Tbilisi named by Alliance for Georgia Irakliy Alasania simply said that he does not trust the disclosed research. "The people expressed their lack of trust both in the government and the results of the research. Considering the fact that the Georgian MIA has established the culture of fear, the people avoid expressing their opinion openly when they are asked whom they will vote for in the elections", - Alasania has stated, commenting upon the results of the research. According to him, the main poll will be conducted on May 30 when the people will clearly express their opinion.