Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Republicans: Elections endangering internal stability and international safety

Davit Zurabishvili, a leading Republican member: “The situation is much worse than it was during the presidential election. [Davit] Bakradze had a pathetic briefing, but it would be better if they show us actions instead of words and prevent the rigging of elections.”

The Republicans have alleged a number of violations today, including an incident in Tbilisi's Saburtalo district where Tina Khidasheli is running for a majoritarian seat. Two men with recently-obtained passports, registered from apparently false addresses, tried to vote, leading to a confrontation in the polling station.

"This incident could not have happened without help from officials, of the Interior Ministry, the Justice Ministry, City Hall," said party leader Davit Usupashvili.

Says MP Ivliane Khaindrava: “The situation is getting worse and worse. [The worst] will be from six until eight. Violations are very strong, particularly in the regions of Kakheti and Kvemo Kartli. Now the wave of violations is coming to Tbilisi. There is pressure on commission members, unknown groups of people are gathering in front of the precincts. This is the most violation-riddled election in Georgia’s history. The most dangerous elections in terms of internal stability and international scale."

The Republicans are staunch foes of the government, but have been far more moderated in rhetoric than most other opposition parties.

The United Opposition, which promises a rebellion if the elections are rigged, is holding a briefing now.


At May 21, 2008 at 6:28 PM , Blogger William said...

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