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Compiled by Keti Baramidze
Thursday, April 8
Salome Zourabichvili: These elections are winnable

In an interview with Akhali Taoba Salome Zourabichvili, leader of The Way of Georgia, says: "Weíve adopted a candidate, Irakli Alasania, who really has a chance and I obviously support him. Certainly I can rule out nothing - a miracle may happen and someone better will replace him. But as of today he is the best option we have. I want the people who talk about unity and consolidation all the time to tell me: what prevents them from supporting Alasania?"

Asked why Subari and Gachechilade have started holding further consultations in the opposition (even with Noghaideli, whom they always rejected talking to before) and what her position is on this, Zourabichvili says: "To my mind these endless consultations only confuse people and thatís why they should cease. Fortunately I have a candidate I can support and my party will participate in these elections with great gusto! These elections are winnable if we donít confuse people and disappoint them."

Semec fines Energo-Pro Georgia 5,000 lari

Sakartvelos Respublika states that Semec, the national energy supply regulator, has fined Energo-Pro Georgia 5,000 lari. It discussed documentation provided by Energo-Pro Georgia on April 1 and having given a negative evaluation to it refused to accept the company's tariffs and fined it 5,000 lari for violating the terms of its licence.

Semec was due to consider the ongoing argument between TBC bank and Energo-Pro Georgia yesterday, April 7.

36 parties will contest the elections

24 Saati writes that 36 parties have declared an interest in contesting the forthcoming local government elections. 20 of them have already been registered. Parties who are not already registered with the Central Election Commission (CEC) must present a list of 30,000 signatures to that body to obtain registration.

April 10 is the deadline for presenting the results of the voters list monitoring which has been conducted by 12 political parties since February 5.

The CEC has decided to reduce the number of polling stations in which surveillance cameras will be installed. 200 polling stations will be closed and the cameras will be installed only in Tbilisi, Batumi and Kutaisi. The CEC has announced that it has taken this decision following OSCE and Venice Commission recommendations dated October 18, 2008.