28 Nov 2018 10:35

Georgian presidential election sees voter turnout of over 7% in first 2 hours, 10 complaints launched - CEC

TBILISI. Nov 28 (Interfax) - The second round of the Georgian presidential election saw a voter turnout of 7.26% as of 10 a.m. local time, Central Elections Commission (CEC) spokesperson Anna Mikeladze said at a press briefing.

Ten complaints have been launched with district elections commissions, she said.

Incumbent Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili cast his ballot in Tbilisi and said that voters had been active.

"I am glad that Georgian voters are expressing their civil position so actively. This is a hard choice for some people, but I would like to urge all citizens of Georgia to come to polls and formalize their choice," Margvelashvili told the press.

A high voter turnout is a guarantee of the well-governed election and few violations, he said.

There are two candidates in the second round of the Georgian presidential election, namely Salome Zourabichvili backed by the ruling party Georgian Dream and Grigol Vashadze nominated by the formerly ruling party United National Movement.

Zourabichvili got 38.64% of the vote, and Vashadze gained 37.74% in the first round of the election on October 28, which had 25 contestants.

Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. local time (7 a.m. Moscow time). The vote will end at 8 p.m. local time (7 p.m. Moscow time).

There is no 50% threshold for the winner of the second round, and the candidate who gains a simple majority of votes will be announced victorious.