Sunday, January 6, 2008

State Department happy with election

The US State Department's Matthew Bryza told Georgian media that Saakashvili seems to have won a "fair" and "convincing" victory, according to their translation of his words.

The New Generation-New Initiative parallel vote tabulation results are expected to be announced at 2 p.m.

6 Comments:

At January 6, 2008 at 1:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is very disappointing that neither the candidates nor US State Department are awaiting official poll results. Clear victory for Misha is not assured and adding more rhetoric to an already inflammatory situation is sure to complicate matters.

 
At January 6, 2008 at 1:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, you are right. And I wonder why they do that. When eventualy becomes clear that Misha did not win he will look ridiculous. Evenmore Gachechiladze who is also claiming victory.

 
At January 6, 2008 at 2:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the point, though - is that we cannot say at this time what will "eventually become clear." We just need an open mind and need not to have any pre-judgements until the results are announced.

And I don't even really think it is about appearances - just..why make conclusions???

 
At January 6, 2008 at 2:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is the US State Dept commenting on dubious exit polls (30% voters not responding) and claiming a "convincing" victory by Misha when EARLY PVTs are showing a .5% margin. Hardly convincing. Why can't the US withhold official comment until the Georgian government (CEC) publishes official election results?

 
At January 6, 2008 at 2:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

".... seems to have..". But he should have withhold from any comment about result at this point of time, i agree

 
At January 6, 2008 at 2:54 PM , Blogger laura sue said...

We, in the US, don't even wait for official results to declare a winner in our own country. We have TV station calling our elections.

I agree this is all extremely frustrating. The BBC and CNN are using similar terminology as well.

 

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