Monday, January 7, 2008

Opposition: we are contesting 100,000 votes

Just spoke with Republican leader and ex-GYLA head Tina Khidasheli, now of the opposition coalition.

She said they aren't surprised at all, as they expected the figures to be manipulated upwards to the exit poll and GQR results.

Opposition has filed hundreds of complaints; Khidasheli says it's illegitimate to announce results this early without looking through them, also claims issues with receiving complete protocols.

She said they are challenging 100,000 votes, enough to push Saakashvili back below 50 percent if their challenge is upheld.

But it almost certainly won't be -- it takes nine votes out of 13, she said, for the CEC to uphold a complaint.


At January 7, 2008 at 1:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

even being critical of the opposition, the sheer thuggishness of the CEC is hard to deny. These guys (and Tarkhnishvili in particular) do exactly what the government orders them to do. No wonder that there is so little trust.

At January 7, 2008 at 8:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could not disagree more. Having been here for the elections going back to 2001, this IS the most balanced and communicative CEC in office. The slow results are difficult - but perhaps the most accurate ever. The comments are simply - Georgian style.


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