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How many Ali Mamedovs vote for Saakashvili?2012-08-27 15:48
Very soon, on October 1, Georgia holds parliamentary election. Candidates have launched the campaign across the country. President Mikheil Saakashvili has announced a commitment of the Government to favour freedom and transparency at the coming election. As always, they are planning the presence of foreign independent experts, video filming and the use of other methods of control. But, despite all the measures taken, it is almost impossible to avoid the violations at polling stations. What is the cause of constant excesses? We spoke about this with Mamuka Katsitadze - Chairman of the State Commission to clarify the voter lists. The topic of our conversation was Yormuganlo - the most dysfunctional and complex area in terms of discipline at the polling stations.
Yormuganlo is a huge village, belonging to the municipality of Sagarejo, located in the Kakheti region and mainly populated by Azerbaijanis. As you know, the national minorities - this is the main electorate of the authorities. And Azerbaijanis from Yormuganlo are no exception. According to Ali Babayev, Chairman of the NGO "Georgia - my Motherland", during the previous election the ruling party received 105% of the votes from the residents of Yormuganlo. Opposition members have no chance here. Moreover, they risked being beaten up when came here with too zealous agitation.
So what's the deal? Where is the field of the electoral chaos in Yormuganlo? We spoke about this with the chairman of the State Commission to clarify voter Mamuka Katsitadze.
- Mr. Mamuka, how many potential voters there are in Yormuganlo according to preliminary results of the project "from door to door"?
- 14 thousand.
- Quite a lot for one village. This village is known for lack of discipline. Whenever watching the footage shot by independent experts, we can see the same picture. By the way, a film about the last presidential election, shot by your party colleagues from the "New Rights" Manana Nachkebia, also reflects problems in the area. How do you explain this?
- This is a large village with 12 polling stations. There is no specific exact address in the village. Just a village, the name and surname of the addressee. And there are a lot of people with identical names in the Azerbaijani village. For example, among 14 thousand of local residents there are 2000 Ali Mammadov. This is an approximate figure. How can you find a particular person in such circumstances?
- But surely there are many people with similar names in other areas?
- Yes. But there is a principle of the urban system. There are exact addresses and so on.
- Thus, in a small village there is small likelihood that there is several Ali Mammadovs, while in a large village there are much more of them, right?
- But this is not the only problem there. I have seen the footage from the polling stations showing 5-6 people in a polling booth at one time, as well as the representatives of administration saying to every voter "Besh, besh" ("five" - the number of Saakashvili's party, Ed.).
- This is the fault of the local divisional election committees and administration. That's why I say that the election campaign - this is not just the electoral list, for which we are responsible, but also the integrity of the media, competent election administration and in particular the work of those who are monitoring the organization and process on the day of election. And the blame for fact that a few people are in one polling booth, is on the district administration. All of this leads to the falsification of the results. The same people vote at one polling station, and then go to other areas, acting as a person with the same name.