CEC Reports on Morning Voter Turnout

TBILISI- Georgia Central Election Commission (CEC) has reported that by 10:00 am 8.34 percent (292,957 people) of eligible voters had cast a ballot in today’s elections.

The CEC reported that the voting process at a polling station in Zugdidi had been delayed for 30-40 minutes. This prompted one of the members of the local election commission to refuse to participate in the draw and a nearby observer protested the procedure to seal the ballot box.

At the 61st electoral district in the Black Sea port city of Poti, the voting process was also delayed 30-40 minutes after officials inadvertently locked the door of the room where the official ballots were kept.

A first responder rescue service had to be called in to break down the door before the ballots could be handed out.

A representative of former President Mikheil Saakashvili’s United National Movement – the country’s main opposition party – was expelled from a polling station in Batumi. Observers say he was forced to leave by the local police after trying to interfere in the voting process.

By Natia Liparteliani

Edited by Nicholas Waller

08 October 2016 14:11