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Published: 1 october 2012 16:36

Lithuanian observers report no violations in Georgian parliamentary elections

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„Reuters“/„Scanpix“ nuotr. / Election in Georgia

Lithuanian MPs observing ongoing general elections in Georgia have so far seen no violations and say voter turnout is very high.

"The elections are very-well organized. There are many observers from political parties and public organizations. The elections are filmed. The order is exemplary," conservative MP Mantas Adomėnas, who is observing elections in the eastern Georgian city of Telavi, told BNS by phone.

The MP said he had not heard any complaints from other observers, although he noted that the opposition was already planning a rally.

Another MP, Andrius Burba, is observing the elections in Tbilisi area as part of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe mission, and says the turnout is particularly high.

"The turnout is fantastically high as there have been queues outside polling stations from the early morning. People say the turnout might be 80 percent. Only half of the day has passed and over half of the people have already voted," he told BNS by phone from Georgia.

In Burba's words, there are plenty of observers at polling stations, including quite a number of representatives of the opposition coalition lead by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili.

"Ivanishvili's followers are filming the entire process, and there are more observers than commission members. There are at least 13 commission members at all polling stations. We have not seen any violations, although there are different opinions when we talk to people," the liberal centrist said.

The general elections will determine the future of the government of President Micheil Saakashvili who led the country for nine years. The presidential party, which has so far had a majority in the parliament, is seriously challenged by the opposition this time.

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