Vote count nears end: runoffs to be held in all big cities, ruling party wins majority in city assemblies

  • The ruling party pledges its candidates will win all runoffs. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 3 Oct 2021 - 16:38, Tbilisi,Georgia

A second round of mayoral elections are expected in all five big cities of Georgia, including Tbilisi, as none of the candidates received at least 50% + 1 of the vote.

As of 3 p.m. October 3, the results of mayoral races are as follows:

Tbilisi (740 precincts counted out of a total of 769):

  1. Kakha Kaladze/Georgian Dream – 44.96%
  2. Nika Melia/United National Movement – 33.94%

Rustavi (81 precincts counted out of a total of 88):

  1. Nino Latsabdze/Georgian Dream – 44.64% 
  2. Davit Kirkitadze/United National Movement – 43.77%

Kutaisi (100 precincts counted out of a total of 124):

  1. Khatia Dekanoidze/United National Movement – 43.03%
  2. Iosebi Khakhaleishvili/Georgian Dream – 41.56%

Poti (32 precincts counted out of a total of 33):

  1. Beka Vacharadze/Georgian Dream – 46.6%
  2. Giorgi Ugulava/United National Movement -38.38%

Batumi (78 precincts counted out of a total of 105):

  1. Giorgi Kirtadze/United National Movement – 42.04%
  2. Archil Chikovani/Georgian Dream – 41.32%

The results of proportional elections for Tbilisi and regional city assemblies show that the ruling party is leading, followed by the UNM and Ex-prime minister Giorgi Gakharia's For Georgia party.

Results in Tbilisi (all 769 precincts counted):

  1. Georgian Dream - 40.3%
  2. UNM - 27.97%
  3. For Georgia - 8.85%
  4. Lelo for Georgia - 3.63%
  5. Girchi-More Freedom - 3.3%
  6. Ana Dolidze - For People - 2.57%

Results in Georgia (99.92% of votes counted):

  1. Georgian Dream - 46.65%
  2. UNM - 30.7%
  3. For Georgia - 7.79%
  4. Lelo for Georgia - 2.71%
  5. European Georgia - 1.66%

Municipal elections are held in Georgia per a mixed electoral system. Voters have to fill three ballot papers: the first ballot paper is for mayoral candidates (which are elected per a 50%+1 system). The winner is the candidate who will receive at least 50%+1 of the vote, otherwise a second round of elections will be held). 

The second ballot paper is for majoritarian candidates in city assemblies (The winner must receive more than 40 per cent of votes in the first round of elections to win the race, otherwise a second round of elections will be held). 

The third ballot paper is for parties - they will need at least 2.5% of the vote to receive seats in Tbilisi City Assembly and 3% in other city assemblies across the country.

According to recent changes to the electoral code, 40 members in the 50-member Tbilisi City Assembly are elected per the proportional electoral system, while the remaining 10 per the majoritarian electoral system (previously the share stood at 25/25).

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