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Pre-electoral passions running high2010-04-16 22:20
The Laborites of Georgia accused the authorities of enrolment of their party members. National Council is talking about the bribery of voters. The Defend Georgia movement appeals against the refusal to register it for the elections. These several traits of the pre-election situation make it clear that the ruling United National Movement is not sure of its power and tries to secure itself.
As usual, the local elections in Georgia do not cause such activity among the population as the parliamentary and presidential ones. It means that the ballot-riggers may find themselves in possession of a large number of blank ballot papers where one may tick the necessary name. In a situation like that, the opposition tries to attract maximum attention to the electoral campaign so as to bring the "kitchen electorate" to the electoral districts.
The Laborites do not take part in the elections; still, they support the stormy informational background. One of these days, they told about the Georgian authorities enrolling their associates.
"Despite the fact that we do not take part in the local elections, Saakashvili's regime and his special services try to enroll our party members by means of bribery", - one of the party leaders Paata Dzhibladze stated.
Why would the United National Movement need an eye and an ear in the Laborites' party? Do they need it to take control over the situation in the country after the elections? Those parties that are boycotting the campaign will gladly join the public protests because of the election stealing.
The fact that ballot-rigging is prepared is obvious. This was recently stated by one of the National Council leaders Zurab Nogaideli. "Saakashvili's regime is actively using the security and administrational agencies to create an atmosphere of fear. He uses the world of thieves and his own drug net for that purpose. The intimidation of both the state and private sector, as well as the blackmailing of the illegal prisoners' family members has acquired a mass character. The people are threatened with dismissal or the creation of economical problems if they do not agree to provide active assistance to the authorities in the elections. Neither does Saakashvili's regime shy away from the direct bribery of voters", - he reported.
Yesterday, another member of National Council, one of the Conservative party leaders Kakha Kukava reported the pre-election violations to the Georgian experts and representatives of international organizations.