The International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) NGO has released the results of parallel vote tabulation (PVT) which says that the ruling Georgian Dream party received 45.8% of the vote, while the United Opposition bloc (with the United National Movement) received 26.4% of the vote.
European Georgia received 3.7% of the vote in the parallel vote count.
PVT is an election observation methodology that is typically based on a representative random sample of polling stations. The goal of the methodology is to independently verify the election results.
The ISFED says that in eight per cent of polling stations, ballot papers outnumber the voters’ signatures on the lists ‘which is a serious violation.’
The CEC must recount votes in the election districts,” the ISFED said, noting that voter turnout was 56.7 % (+/- 0.6 %).
Meanwhile, the Central Election Commission of Georgia has counted 96.85% of votes.
For the first time, the elections were held per a mixed electoral system, with 120 members of parliament (MP) to be elected via party lists and the remaining 30 running in single-member majoritarian districts.
An election bloc or party which receives less than 40.54 per cent of votes in the proportional elections will not be able to form a government.
Unlike previous elections, the parties which will receive at least one per cent of total votes will be allowed into parliament.