Based on the current data of the Central Election Commission (CEC), ruling party candidates are leading in the self-governing cities.
Based on the information published on the CEC website, 25 out of 88 precincts in Rustavi have been counted so far. Based on the data, Nino Latsabidze, the mayoral candidate of the Georgian Dream, is leading. According to the data of 25 precincts, Latsabidze has 54,654%, and the mayoral candidate of the National Movement Davit Kirkitadze has 45,346%.
In Kutaisi, 26 out of 124 polling stations have been counted so far. According to the data, the Georgian Dream candidate Ioseb Khakhaleishvili is leading. In particular, according to the data of 26 polling stations, Ioseb Khakhaleishvili has 52,516%, and the mayoral candidate of the National Movement, Khatia Dekanoidze – 47, 484%.
Out of 33 precincts in Poti, 11 precincts have been counted so far. Beka Vacharadze received 59,173%, and Giorgi Ugulava, the mayoral candidate nominated by the United National Movement, received 40,827%.
In Batumi, 13 out of 105 polling stations have been counted so far. According to the data, the Georgian Dream candidate Archil Chikovani is leading. Chikovani has 52,824% of the votes. Regarding the mayoral candidate nominated by the National Movement Giorgi Kirtadze, he received 47,176% of the votes.
In the capital, the CEC says the preliminary data shows Kakha Kaladze, the mayoral candidate of the Georgian Dream, has won the second round of the Tbilisi mayoral elections, with 55.96%, while the candidate of the National Movement Nika Melia has 44.04%.
The united opposition disagrees with the CEC data and claims that this is another attempt by the ruling party to rig the elections.
By Ana Dumbadze
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