Ruling party head: GD winning in 18 municipalities out of 20

Kobakhidze noted that there will be no elections until 2024, stating that ‘four hours are left before the final victory.’Photo: GD press office., 30 Oct 2021 - 17:30, Tbilisi,Georgia

The ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party head Irakli Kobakhidze has stated that the GD is winning in 18 out of 20 municipalities, saying that in the remaining two municipalities the opposition United National Movement (UNM) party is close to 50% threshold. 

Local self-government election run-offs are held today in 20 of 64 election constituencies, including the five large cities of Georgia - Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Rustavi, Batumi and Poti. 

Kobakhidze has called on Georgian citizens to actively participate in the second round of the elections, noting that ‘so evil [refering to the UNM] does not prevail in any municipality.’ 

More activity is needed to prevent the victory of the force in any municipality whose sole purpose is to create unrest in the country,” Kobakhidze said. 

He noted that there will be no elections until 2024, stating that ‘four hours are left before the final victory.’

Ipsos polls commissioned by opposition-minded TV channel Mtavari Arkhi 

Kobakhidze has touched upon the issue of a possible libel lawsuit against the international France-based company Ipsos by Mtavari Arkhi and stated that ‘it shows how desperate the UNM is.’ 

Mtavari Arkhi’s general director, Nika Gvaramia, said yesterday that Ipsos breached the contract by uploading pre-election results on its website which were different from the numbers they reported to Mtavari Arkhi.

Overall 2,088,722 voters are eligible to participate in the municipal run-offs. Photo: Nino Alavidze/

The ruling party MP Shalva Papuashvili has stated that the exit polls conducted by Mtavari Arkhi can not be trusted as ‘they are writing numbers in the offices.’ 

The voting process at the municipal run-offs 

Papuashvili underscored that the UNM and the opposition-minded TV channels are trying to create chaos, noting that ‘in fact, the election is taking place in a calm atmosphere.’ 

I appeal to the media and the UNM to stop the speculations because this is an attempt to discredit the elections,” Papuashvili said. 

He also said that incidents were reported only in five polling stations out of 1,800. 

There was one serious incident in Zugdidi, the UNM supporters were distinguished by provocations,” Papuashvili said. 

A total of 1,830 polling stations are open nationwide in Georgia. 

In 17 of the 20 election constituencies, the candidates of the GD and the UNM opposition are competing, while in the remaining three constituencies, the ruling party faces the For Georgia party.