Voters near the poliing station No. 4 in Tbilisi. October 28, 2018. Photo by Beslan Kmuzov for the "Caucasian Knot"

30 October 2018, 08:56

Observers report bribing voters at elections in Georgia

At the polling station in Tbilisi, where the presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili voted, some people were on duty, who gave money to voters, observers have stated. However, the voters, interviewed by the "Caucasian Knot", insisted that no one tried to bribe them or put pressure on them.

On October 28, voting took place at the presidential election in Georgia. The gap between the independent candidate Salome Zurabishvili, supported by the "Georgian Dream" Party, and Grigol Vashadze, a candidate of the United National Movement (UNM) Party, made less than 1%. The Georgian Central Election Commission (CEC) announced the second round of election.

The police are investigating seven incidents that occurred during the voting, including a brawl of supporters of presidential candidates.

The bribing of voters was announced by Lela Uskalava, an observer from the NGO named "Apriori".

The presidential campaigns of Zurabishvili and Vashadze are built on the struggle of the parties, headed by two irreconcilable opponents – the former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and the third President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili.

The scandal around the "Iberia" TV Company and its main sponsor, the Omega Group of Companies, was the reason for a sharp criticism of the ruling party "Georgian Dream". According to political analysts, the scandal may affect the outcomes of the presidential election.

The pre-election situation in Georgia as a whole was rather negative, said Laura Thornton, the head of the representative office of the US National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Georgia. According to her story, there were attacks on NGO activists, which had an impact on the election campaign.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on October 29, 2018 at 09:21 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Beslan Kmuzov, Galina Gotua; Source: CK correspondents

All news

April 23, 2019 11:16

April 23, 2019 11:07

  • Georgian activists support Pankisi residents

    Three solidarity actions with the residents of the Pankisi Gorge, who are protesting against the construction of a chain of hydropower plants (HPPs), have been held in Tbilisi and Batumi. Activists called on the authorities to abandon the construction and punish the policemen for an excessive use of force.

April 23, 2019 10:54

  • Georgia reports release of border villager

    Gocha Fidiuri, a resident of the village of Medjvriskhevi, located on the border with South Ossetia, was released after paying a fine for violating the border and handed over to Georgian law enforcers.

April 23, 2019 10:43

  • Nazran Mayor reconciles with his son's offender

    Aslanbek Tumgoev, the head of the city administration (Mayor) of the city of Nazran, has decided to forgive Isropil Barkinkhoev, a resident of Ingushetia, who had wounded his son during an armed conflict. The reconciliation ceremony took place in the central mosque in the presence of about 200 people.

April 23, 2019 08:21

News archive