Saturday, January 5, 2008

Georgian think tank chief: voting process appears mostly normal so far

Dr. Alexander Rondeli, President of the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) told the Messenger that the voting process appears to be mostly normal so far.

However, he expressed concern at the lack of political culture in Georgia demonstrated in the run up to elections.

If Georgia truly is back on track to democracy after the election, the elected president will have to cooperate with the opposition in future, which may be difficult given the allegations leveled by both sides in recent weeks.

Rondeli also said that the opposition’s persistent claims that election fraud is inevitable, “only adds to intrigue in a country under pressure.”

GFSIS is a Georgian-based think tank and one of four organizations managing exit polls today.


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