More than 400,000 vote in election runoff by 3pm

This is the first time in the country’s history when a runoff election is being held. Photo by N. Alavidze /, 12 Jul 2014 - 16:12, Tbilisi,Georgia

About 24 percent of eligible voters across Georgia have cast their ballots in the runoff municipal elections by 3pm.

The Central Election Commission (CEC) has released updated information on total voter turnout for the runoff elections.

Around the country, 415,078 voters, or 24.2 percent of those eligible to vote, visited polling stations and made their choice.

In the same time period during the initial elections on June 15, voter turnout was higher, at 28.94 percent.

In Tbilisi, 215,060 people or 23.5 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots as of midday today.

In the same time period during the initial elections, voter turnout was slightly higher, at 23.8 percent in Tbilisi.

The CEC are calling for a higher voter turnout and are encouraging people to come to voting stations this afternoon and take part in the Municipal Elections runoff.