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An exemplary farce?

2010-05-31 22:15

6095.jpegPreliminary results of the local elections in Georgia have been revealed. The candidates named by the ruling National Movement party have taken the lead both of the Georgian capital and the regions of the republic. However, the opposition has already accused President of the country Mikhail Saakashvili of violating the electoral code and stealing the elections, while CEC continues receiving statements of various violations.


First violations committed during the elections were revealed four hours after the ballot stations were opened. The representatives of a number of non-governmental organizations found unsealed packets with ballot papers and video cameras located next to voting booths.

In the cause of the "exemplary" elections, as they were characterized by Mikhail Saakashvili, electronic ballot boxes were broken and immediately replaced, the number of ballot papers did not correspond to the number of electors, the voting procedure went on without identity cards presentation, and the people made attempts to vote on behalf of their family members and cast two ballot papers together.

Even the head of the republic violated the rules of the elections. Having cast the ballot paper into the box, President Mikhail Saakashvili announced without a moment's hesitation that the elections would be won by the National Movement party he is heading despite the fact that any agitation is strictly prohibited on the elections day.

"As the chairman of the National Movement I have no doubt that this party is going to win the elections, - Saakashvili exclaimed. - No one should be surprised at the fact: the ruling party is going to win the elections as long as there is a true movement which has not yet turned into stagnation and so long as the country is able to move forwards".

Naturally, such open violation of the electoral code could not but attract the opposition's attention. Alliance for Georgia directly accused the president of agitation on the elections day and demanded that the Central Electoral Commission should respond appropriately. The international organizations were also informed of the fact and were expected to give a corresponding estimate of Saakashvili's actions.

To everyone's surprise, the CEC of the republic called upon all the objectors not to dramatize the situation with the elections so long as the process "is going on without serious violation". Moreover, the European Union observers expressed their satisfaction with the electoral process in Georgia.

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