The incumbent mayor of Tbilisi, Kakha Kaladze, running for the ruling Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia party, is gaining 57.2% of the vote in the second round of municipal elections in the country. This was reported by the Imedi TV company, referring to the exit poll data.
The rival of the mayor from the opposition United National Movement, Nika Melia, gets 42.8%. Also, candidates from the ruling party win in Batumi, Kutaisi and Rustavi.
Meanwhile, the TV channel “Mtavari Arkhi” cites other data: in the Georgian capital and the largest cities, including Batumi, Zugdidi, Kutaisi and Rustavi, the opposition is winning. Melia gets 51% of the vote, while Kaladze gets 49%.
According to the CEC of Georgia, the turnout in the second round of local elections was 49.09%. 1,025,406 voters voted.
In Georgia, on October 30, mayors of 20 municipalities, including large cities, and deputies to local assemblies were elected. The first round of elections took place in early October. Then “Georgian Dream” gained 46.7%, winning in most municipalities.