Saturday, January 5, 2008

Opposition dismiss exit polling

Davit Usupashvili, a member of the nine-party opposition coalition, says tonight's exit polling is "unreliable." He says they will wait on the preliminary results from the CEC.

A member of the Labor Party, which is not in the coalition, said they don't believe the exit polling, because Labor candidate Shalva Natelashvili should in actuality be in first.

Clearly, different campaigns will take exception to the exit polls for different reasons -- but we could see them all on the same street for a rally tomorrow.


At January 5, 2008 at 11:02 PM , Blogger laura sue said...

A friend just directed me to the Messenger blog. Thanks for keeping it so up to date! When you don't know much Georgian and BBC/CNN just have no helps to have a good english source.

I just have a few questions:
What type of violations have the GYLA found?

If there is a run off (hopefully there will be one) when will it be?

Thanks again!
Keep it up

At January 5, 2008 at 11:13 PM , Blogger Winston Featherly said...

Laura, thanks for your comment.

GYLA found mostly technical violations, including poorly marked ballot boxes and unreliable supplies of marking ink. We'll be getting more details asap.

If there is a runoff, it will be held two weeks from today (the 19th).

At January 5, 2008 at 11:33 PM , Blogger Winston Featherly said...

More GYLA complaints:

-Activists continued to campaign for their candidate at the precincts, despite the 24-hour ban on campaigning

-Problems with same-day voter registration (sorry, nothing more specific than "problems")

-Reports of people marked with ink (ie., already voted) attempting to vote again

Again, most of this remains unconfirmed by the Central Election Commission. I'm not sure, however, how actively the CEC is working to find confirmation.


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