Democracy Rising

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable" ~ President John F. Kennedy

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Georgian Election Day

The Georgian by-elections appear to be going relatively well, with turnout reported as high as 56% in Tkibuli constituency and low as 21% in Batumi. Unfortunately there have been a few sporadic cases of individuals who had gone through the preliminary registration being unable to cast their ballots.

Interestingly the Central Election Commission warned NGO's to refrain from posting exit polls. Despite the lessons learned from the U.S, exit polls do give a rough estimate of voters feelings and help contribute to a transparent process. The ferrying of people in buses by the ruling party does not however contribute to the democratic system. Keep watching this space for further updates, particularly as those all important results come in!

On another note the Georgian NewEurasia blog launched yesterday, joining the Turkmen and Azerbaijan editions.

Enjoy your weekend!


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