9 Oct 2016 - 13:17
Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has launched an investigation into several cases of violence that erupted at a couple of election stations in Georgia during yesterday’s Parliamentary Elections.
The Ministry said in a statement that police were investigating four cases of violation that happened during the voting process and afterwards.
Law enforcers are investigating a physical confrontation that erupted at an election station in southern Georgia’s Marneuli district about 6om last evening, injuring several police officers.
The Interior Ministry said in Kizil-Ajlo village supporters of opposition United National Movement party and election Bloc Paata Burchuladze-State for People attempted to invade the #48 polling station and steal the ballot box.
Law enforcements who were mobilised at the station did not allow this to happen which resulted in increased aggression by the supporters of both parties and they started to throw stones towards police officers,” the Ministry said.
As a result of the clash several police officers, including head of Marneuli police, were injured.
Police said the aggressors failed to steal the ballot box.
Attack at #79 polling station in Jikhashkari, Zugdidi
A separate investigation was launched after a group of people invaded #79 polling station of Jikhashkari Village in western Zugdidi district.
Police said the violent group broke the ballot box, damaged election items and stole the mobile phones of election observers.
One of the attackers physically assaulted an international observer, who needed medical assistance.
Police have identified and detained the organiser of the attack, who was personally involved in the attack,” said the Interior Ministry, adding currently other participants were being identified and searched.
Attack at #108 polling station in Jikhashkari, Zugdidi
The #108 polling station in the same village was also attacked. The ballot box was broken and election items were damaged. Police are investigating this case too.
The Interior Ministry said a physical confrontation between supporters of two parties erupted near the #90 polling station in western Kutaisi last night.
It was believed that during the clash a camera belonging to a local TV company was broken.
Police are currently questioning witnesses as part of the investigation.
The Ministry said it would adequately react to all these cases of violations.