UPDATED: Polls for parliamentary by-elections in two districts of Georgia closed

57.9 percent of voters or 27,846 people voted for their candidate in Vani and Khoni election districts. Photo: RFE/RL
Agenda.ge, 28 Apr 2018 - 21:07, Tbilisi,Georgia

Polls for parliamentary by-elections were closed at 8 pm in the districts of Vani and Khoni of Imereti region. After closing the polling stations the vote counting procedures will start in the election precincts.

By closing time 57.9 percent of voters or 27,846 people have voted for their candidate in Vani and Khoni election districts where the total number of registered voters is 48,123.

The by-elections in Vani and Khoni are being held because the former majoritarian representative Grigol Liluashvili was appointed as the Deputy Head of State Security Service.

Six candidates were participating in the parliamentary by-elections. Five candidates are nominated by political unions and one by an initiative group. Former Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava is a candidate from the European Georgia party. His rival from the ruling Georgian Dream part is Givi Chichinadze. The other candidates are Giorgi Liluashvili from "Sakartvelo” Party, Zurab Kartvelishvili from the Traditionalists, Mamuka Tuskadze from the New Christian-Democrats, and Vasil Kopaliani from an initiative group.

Only one ballot paper was delivered to voters to elect a parliamentary member.

The polls opened at 8 am today in Vani and Khoni districts and as Ana Mikeladze, Spokeswoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia announced at a news briefing, the polling process was conducted in a peaceful and accessible election environment.

According to the CEC spokeswoman, 721 observers of 26 local observer organizations and 14 observers of 3 international observer organizations are monitoring the by-elections. 504 journalists of 19 media outlets are covering the elections.