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The elections: no way to escape fraud2010-04-02 16:15
Georgia's National Forum is calling to boycott the local elections on May 30. The major part of the oppositional parties does not want to lose the chance of winning the post of Mayor of Tbilisi given by the government. Still, if the scale of the election fraud is known already, does it make sense to spend any efforts or means on something unachievable?
The most principal oppositional movement of Georgia called National Forum is aiming at disrupting the local elections.
On May 30, the citizens will have to define the candidates for the post of Mayor of Tbilisi and chairman and the delegates of the City Sakrebulo (the City Assembly) and vote for the candidates to the similar government authorities in all the city councils.
The pre-election struggle may turn to be absolutely senseless. A favorable ground has been prepared for the stealing of elections. The government has increased the number of electors at least by one million people, asserting that there are almost 3,6 mln electors, which is impossible with the official amount of 4,4 mln people. This has been stated one of these days by National Forum Political Secretary Irakliy Melashvili. He called upon the oppositional forces to boycott and disrupt the coming play.
"The disruption of the elections may become real; we are holding consultations with other oppositional forces on the matter, - he reported. - I leave open the possibility that part of the forces will refuse to take part in the elections right before them.
Besides National Forum, the Laborite Party and former Speaker Nino Burjanadze's Democratic Movement - United Georgia refused to name their candidates beforehand.
However, the rest of the oppositional powers decided to use the concession made by the president who ventured to arrange early elections, being pressed by the meetings and protests that ran through Georgia in spring and summer 2009.
Today is the last day to apply for the participation in the elections of sakrebulo chairmen. By that time, 15 parties have made applications to the Central Electoral Committee. Candidates for deputy will be defined before April 30 when the legally set term of the registration expires.
Leader of the oppositional Alliance for Georgia Irakliy Alasania is counting upon the government's honesty and international organizations control. "It will be a test of democracy for the authorities and the people, especially after Saakashvili's latest reprisals and stealing of elections", - the oppositionist stated. He says that "the West will not allow or accept any stealing".