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Exit polls commissioned by TV channels announced ruling party’s victory

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Monday, October 23
Caption: Exit polls were released after 8pm on October 21. Caption: The exit polls were commissioned by leading private TV channels. By Gvantsa Gabekhadze Exit polls commissioned by Rustavi 2 and Imedi TV went viral late on October 21 after the closure of polling stations, and both of them announced about the victory of the Georgian Dream ruling party in the municipal elections, with a slight difference in figures.

The exit poll conducted by GORBI, commissioned by Imedi TV, reported that the Georgian Dream ruling party received 54 percent of the votes.

The second was the United National Movement opposition with 16 percent of the votes.

The European Georgia opposition received 6%; the Alliance of Patriots - 5%; the Labour party - 3%; Dimitri Lortkipanidze, Kakha Kukava-Democratic Movement election bloc - 3%; the Republican Party - 2%; and all other parties received an accumulated 8%.

The exit poll read the ruling party mayoral candidate in Tbilisi Kakha Kaladze received 53percent of the votes, while the United National Movement candidate’s Zaal Udumashvili -14%;independent candidate AlekoElisashvili-14%; European Georgia’s Tbilisi mayoral candidate Elene Khoshtaria earned 5%; the Alliance of Patriots’ Irma Inashvili - 3%; all other candidates received 3% or less.

GORBI surveyed 6,000 voters at 100 election districts in Tbilisi. The margin of error is +/–2%.

The Rustavi2 channel announced results obtained by the Edison Research company.

The final figures for Tbilisi mayoral candidates were as follows:
Kakha Kaladze of the Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia party-54%
Zaal Udumashvili of the United National Movement party-16%
Aleko Elisashvili, an independent candidate-15%
Elene Khoshtaria of the European Georgia party -7%
Irma Inashvili of the Alliance of Patriots-3%
Kakha Kukava of Democratic Movement election bloc -2%
Giorgi Vashadze of the Unity New Georgia faction -2%
Giorgi Gugava of the Labour Party-1%

Results grouped according to political parties for Tbilisi City Council were presented as the following:
Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia – 58%
United National Movement – 17%
Election bloc Bakradze, Ugulava - European Georgia – 9%
Davit Tarkhan-Mouravi, Irma Inashvili - Alliance of Patriots of Georgia – 5%
Democratic Movement-3%
Labour party-3%
Unity for New Georgia-3%
Republican Party-2%

The Edison Research also released data for the second largest city of Georgia Kutaisi.

For Kutaisi mayor’s post:
Giorgi Tchigvaria, the Georgian Dream-52%
Grigol Vashadze, the United National Movement-26%
David Gogisvanidze, the European Georgia-8%
Giorgi Tsulaia, Democratic Movement-7%
Grigol Bakhtadze, Alliance of Patriots-3%

The Georgian Dream received 58percent of votes for Kutaisi City Council according to the poll and was followed by the United National Movement with 22 percent.

European Georgia came in third with 10percent, while only 3 percent of the votes were gained by the Democratic Movement.