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CEC Approves First Round Vote Tally

The Central Election Commission (CEC) approved on November 14 the final vote tally of the first round of presidential elections. According to the CEC protocol, 1,647,878 voters turned out at polling stations on October 28, representing 46.83% of registered voters. 53,847 ballots were annulled, a much higher figure than in the …

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Army Chief Weighs in on Former Servicemen’s Campaign against Zurabishvili

Chief of the General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, Major General Vladimer Chachibaia, weighed in on former military servicemen’s social media campaign against the ruling party-endorsed presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili. In a statement issued on November 13, Chachibaia stressed “any attempts to entangle” the army in political processes are “dangerous” and “go …

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Vashadze Campaign Denies Zurabishvili’s Allegations

The opposition coalition led by the United National Movement (UNM) denied the allegations voiced by the ruling party-endorsed presidential candidate, Salome Zurabishvili, that persons making death threats against her and her family were “associated with UNM and its leaders.” “The United Opposition and its presidential candidate Grigol Vashadze unequivocally condemn all …

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Zurabishvili Claims Death Threats Received, Blames UNM

Salome Zurabishvili, the presidential candidate supported by the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG), said at a news briefing today that on November 9, 10 and 11 she and her children received death threats through text and voice messages. Zurabishvili claimed that the persons issuing threats were identifiable through their social …

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Salome Zurabishvili Resumes Campaign, Visits Occupation Line

Salome Zurabishvili, presidential hopeful backed by the ruling party, has resumed active campaigning today. She arrived at Atotsi village of the Kareli municipality, southwest of Tskhinvali, where the Russian occupation forces launched the construction of barb-wire fences. “I have arrived here to talk about my plans. I will be the President, …

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Audit Office: Salome Zurabishvili Got 79.66% of Donations

Eleven electoral subjects registered the presidential elections raised GEL 2,866,488 in cash and non-monetary donations in the period from October 17 through October 28, according to the State Audit Office, an independent body in charge of the political finance monitoring. The State Audit Office reported that 97.65% of total donations …

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Georgian Dream Continues Talks on Runoff Strategy

The ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG) is continuing talks on formulating its runoff strategy, four days after the GDDG-backed candidate Salome Zurabishvili has failed to capture support of the voters, finishing neck-in-neck with the opposition candidate Grigol Vashadze, of UNM-led coalition. Today, the ruling party leadership, including the GDDG leader …

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Imedi TV Pledges to Fight Against Return of UNM ‘Regime’

Following the announcement of Salome Zurabishvili, supported by the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia party, who pledged to take on UNM-backed Grigol Vashadze, Imedi TV, one of the major national broadcasters leaning towards the government, has made a special announcement, pledging to confront the United National Movement. “Pre-election period promises to …

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Zurabishvili Pledges to “Fight to the End”

The ruling party endorsed presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili says she will compete in the second round runoffs. She vows “not to let” Georgia fall “to Russia and Grigol Vashadze.” The candidate made the announcement in her first official press statement after the October 28 presidential elections, which put her neck-in-neck …

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GDDG Leader Wants First Round Victory for Zurabishvili

Former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili wants Salome Zurabishvili to obtain the first round victory in the October 28 presidential elections. Ivanishvili made the remarks after Zurabishvili’s final campaign meeting on October 25. Speaking to reporters, GDDG leader Bidzina Ivanishvili said he hopes the upcoming elections will be held “peacefully, without incidents,” …

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Salome Zurabishvili Secures 89% of Donations in 1H October

Eight electoral subjects registered for the October 28 presidential elections raised GEL 2,152,091 (USD 0.8 million) in monetary and non-monetary donations in the period from October 3 through October 16, according to the State Audit Office, an independent body in charge of the political finance monitoring. The State Audit Office reported that …

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Ivanishvili Gives Interview, Talks Elections, Party Reform

Former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili gave his second televised interview since his return as the chair of the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG) party. Ivanishvili spoke to journalists of three leading broadcasters – Rustavi 2, Imedi and TV Pirveli. The 140-minute interview was aired late on October 23, with Bidzina Ivanishvili outlining …

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GDDG Poll Gives Zurabishvili First Round Victory

As the ruling party presented its own poll results favoring its own candidate yesterday, the divergence in public opinion poll results came sharply into focus, drawing attention to the use of polling in electioneering. GDDG “internal” Poll The ruling party-endorsed candidate, Salome Zurabishvili, is set to win the October 28 …

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Salome Zurabishvili Secures 85% of Donations in 2H September

Nine electoral subjects registered for the October 28 presidential elections raised GEL 1,277,515 (USD 485,767) in monetary and non-monetary donations in the period from September 12 through October 2, according to the State Audit Office, an independent body in charge of the political finance monitoring. According to the State Audit …

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CSOs: Zurabishvili Remarks ‘Xenophobic’

A group of fifteen local civil society organizations released a statement on October 4, condemning remarks of the ruling party-endorsed presidential candidate, Salome Zurabishvili, as “xenophobic”. Zurabishvili remarked at a campaign meeting in the Armenian-majority Ninotsminda Municipality of  Samtskhe-Javakheti region, that ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili “granted citizenship to a lot of Turks, …

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GDDG Leader Vows Electoral ‘Mobilization’ for Zurabishvili’s Victory

Less than a month before the October 28 presidential elections, chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia party and former prime minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, voiced his support to the GDDG-endorsed candidate Salome Zurabishvili. Ivanishvili made the announcement at a gathering of party leadership on October 1, convened for marking the …

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Three Electoral Subjects Secure 94% of Donations

Twelve electoral subjects registered for the October 28 presidential elections fundraised GEL 837,307 (USD 336,267) in monetary and non-monetary donations in the period from August 1 through September 11, according to the State Audit Office, an independent institution in charge of the political finance monitoring. According to the State Audit Office, 94% (GEL 791,157) of total donations was received by …

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Orthodox Patriarch weighs in on Zurabishvili Controversy, Calls for Political Neutrality

Georgian Patriarch Ilia II calls on the Orthodox clergy to refrain from voicing political statements ahead of the upcoming presidential elections. The statement follows a wave of criticism against Salome Zurabishvili, whose presidential candidacy has been endorsed by the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG). “Unfortunately, with elections approaching, some clergy …

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