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Voter turnout at Abkhazia’s referendum barely reaches 1% - Central Elections Commission

July 10, 20:01 UTC+3
Polling stations opened at 07:00 Moscow time and will be closed at 20:00 Moscow time
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SUKHUM, July 10. /TASS/. The voter turnout at Abkhazia’s referendum on early presidential elections is mere 0.99% two hours before the end of the voting, chairman of the Central Election Commission Batal Tagabua said on Sunday.

"The overall number of eligible voters is 133,207. As many as 1,322, or 0.99%, have taken part in the voting," he said.

Polling stations opened at 07:00 Moscow time and will be closed at 20:00 Moscow time. The only question put for voting is: ‘Do you think early elections of the Abkhazian president necessary?’ As of noon on Sunday, the voter turnout at the Abkhazian referendum was 0.54%

On Saturday, the bloc of opposition force that initiated the referendum called on people not to take part in the voting demanding it be postponed till autumn.

Meanwhile, President Khadzhimba called on all political forces not to hamper the referendum and to refrain from clashes and riots.

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