Turnout: More than 8% of voters appear at ballot box by 10am

Georgia's Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani (with a yellow scarf) stands in a line, waiting for her turn to vote. Photo source: Mariam Skhiladze/Facebook
Agenda.ge, 08 Oct 2016 - 12:36, Tbilisi,Georgia

Almost 300,000 voters throughout the country had cast their vote in the Parliamentary Elections by 10am this morning.

A short time ago Central Election Commission (CEC) spokesperson Ana Mikeladze said voter turnout was 8.34 percent two hours after polling stations opened throughout the country.

This meant by 10am, 292,957 citizens had already voted.

Meanwhile Mikeladze said voting process was underway in a calm environment without any major problems.

A couple of minor complications had occurred at several polling stations but everything had been handled quickly and the voting process was again operating smoothly.

  • Of the violations, procedural errors were registered at one polling station in western Zugdidi where CEC members refused to take part in a random selection process to accompany a mobile ballot box. While this issue was being sorted voters were forced to wait in front of the polling station before the problem was settled.
  • In western Poti, voting was hampered at one polling station because the door of the room where elections papers were being kept was stuck and wouldn’t open. Emergency officers opened the door, after which voting began.
  • At a polling station in the Black Sea coatal city of Batumi, members of opposition United National Movement party were forced to leave the polling station after all observers claimed s/he was hindering the voting process.

The CEC will hold four more briefings throughout today to provide information about voter turnout and the voting environment.