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Election result: democracy in Saakashvili style2010-05-31 17:42
Pre-term local election in Georgia ended with the victory of the ruling party. Though the CEC is still busy calculating votes, exit polls carried out by most polling agencies reveal National United Movement's absolute leadership. As president Mikheil Saakashvili announced - democracy has won in Georgia again. This time without falsification of results: inequality of the election campaign and skilled political technologists serving the winners were enough for the victory.
Georgian CEC is assessing results of the local election. By 10 a.m. the United National Movement, now ruling, has won 68.94% of votes with the Christian Democratic Movement from moderate opposition sitting in parliament coming second with 10.2% of votes. The Alliance for Georgia has won 7.8% and its opposition rival - 6.74% of votes.
The most important question about who has been elected the mayor of Tbilisi will be answered today, Zurab Kharatashvili, CEC chair promises.
The whole society was keeping a close eye on the election in the capital since this crucial position might serve as a springboard for a future president. As a result of last spring's protest rallies the opponents to the authorities were guaranteed direct mayoral election in Tbilisi. The opposition deceived itself with illusions that the election race in the city of well-educated and enlightened citizens would be won.
Yesterday Irakli Alasania, Alliance for Georgia leader told about his hope for victory. A few days before the election the Group of Civil Monitoring carried out a phone survey among 2,500 voters from the CEC's voters lists in the capital. Alasania's rating according to the results was 21%, higher than current mayor's, Gigi Ugulava from the National Movement. One more opinion poll on www.gamokitxva.ge brought Zviad Dzidziguri from the Conservative Party running as a candidate of the oppositional National Council to leadership.
Other researches carried out by US and local agencies claimed Gigi Ugulava as an absolute leader. He is also a favorite in yesterday's exit polls carried out by foreign agencies and a local NGO.
As estimated by GFK, a major European agency, 60% of voters voted for Gigi Ugulava, Tbilisi mayor candidate. He is followed by Irakli Alasania with 18% of votes. Georgy Chanturia from the Christian -Democratic Union and Zviad Dzidziguri from the National Council each gained 7%. Gogi Topadze nominated by the Party of Industrialists got 4% of votes in the capital judging by the GFK's exit poll.