Preliminary results: Second round needed after Saturday’s repeat vote

A repeat vote was needed at four polling stations because votes were nullified due to incidents on Election Day. Photo by Nino Alavidze/, 23 Oct 2016 - 11:42, Tbilisi,Georgia

Preliminary results of yesterday's repeat vote shows a second round is needed at all four polling stations as no candidate overcame the minimum 50 percent threshold.

Yesterday a repeat vote of Georgia’s Parliamentary Elections was held at four polling stations across the country after these initial results were nullified after incidents on Election Day on October 8.

One station was in Marneuli district in southern Georgia and the other three were in Zugdidi district in western Georgia.

At 2am this morning Georgia's Central Election Commission (CEC) released latest preliminary results from all four polling stations where the repeat vote was held. 

The results are:

#48 polling station in Marneuli district

Two candidates with the highest number of votes were:

#38, #79 and #108 polling stations in Zugdidi district

Two candidates with the highest number of votes at all of these three stations were:

  • Edisher Toloraia from Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia – 48.63 percent
  • Sandra Roelofs from United National Movement – 44.8 percent

Why is a second round needed? 

On Election Day majoritarian candidates must gain at least 50 percent of all votes in their respective voting district in order to be able to enter Parliament. 

If no candidate gains at least a half of all votes, a second round of voting must be held. The two candidates who gained the most support in the initial vote will compete.

According to the preliminary results, candidates from UNM and GDDG will compete in the second round. 

The CEC said the second round will take place on October 30.

Gamgebeli by-elections

In Zugdidi municipality the public also voted to elect a Gamgebeli (local governor) as several local officials had to quit their posts to participate in the elections.

Preliminary results showed a winner was not identified in the Gamgebeli by-elections so a second round is needed here too.

The two candidates with the highest number of votes in the Gamgebeli by-elections were:

  • Besik Gabunia from United National Movement – 44.82 percent
  • Lasha Gogia - from Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia – 44.17 percent