Victorious Georgia's Dream party challenges election rigging
5.10.12 15:42 By News Dept.
The recently victorious coalition "Georgia's Dream" is challenging the results of votes on majority lists in five districts, reports Interfax.
According to campaign manager David Saganelidza, there are plenty of violations but the CEC "is still not paying attention to these violations."
On Friday Valery Gelashvili, a Georgia's Dream candidate, told reporters that at several polling stations in his Khashuri region, the results were rewritten when given to the district commission.
"It is impossible to imagine a bolder violation: election commission members in several areas signed the voting results that showed that I had won. But by the time the signed resulted were passed on to the District Commission, the document had beeb rewritten, and now the candidate from the former ruling party had won," said Gelashvili.
In addition, he said, after voting was closed at several polling stations, ballot boxes were stolen for an hour and then returned by special forces.
"Naturally, the ballot boxes were stuffed with new ballots supporting the 'United National Movement,' but despite this, the results of the voting in these areas were approved by the election commission, itself comprised of a majority of former government supporters," said Gelashvili.
On Thursday the Central Election Commission said that the supporters of "Georgian Dream" put pressure on the election commission interfered with the ballot counting process. the CEC noted that there were protests at some of the election commission buildings and committee members could not leave without a police escort.
In response to the CEC's complaints, Bidzina Ivanishvili, the head of the winning coalition, urged his supporters to maintain order. He asked them to understand that the coalition is no longer in opposition, and therefore, the protest can be stopped.
Meanwhile, the counting of votes in single-member districts is not yet complete. According to the CEC, on Friday morning "Georgian Dream" received 39 seats and Mikhail Saakashvili's "United National Movement" received 34.
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