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Georgian Dream candidates win in 49 out of 50 one-seat constituencies, party says

October 31, 2016, 8:28 UTC+3 TBILISI
The second round of parliamentary election in Georgia was held on Sunday in 50 out of 73 one-seat constituencies
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TBILISI, October 30. /TASS/. Candidates with the Georgian Dream party have won in 49 out of 50 one-seat constituencies which held the second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday, the party’s executive secretary, Irakly Kobakhidze, told a briefing citing preliminary results of vote counting.

Candidates vying seats in the Georgian parliament have their representatives in local elections commission who refer to them preliminary voting results.

The Central Election Commission is expected to announce official preliminary results within hours.

The second round of parliamentary election in Georgia was held on Sunday in 50 out of 73 one-seat constituencies. Candidates from the Georgian Dream party won in 23 single-seat constituencies in the first round of election held on October 8. In the remaining 50 constituencies, no candidate managed to win more than the necessary 50% plus one vote. Under the current laws, elections will be recognized as valid at any voter turnout. The newly-elected 150-seat parliament will include 77 lawmakers elected by party tickets, and 73 elected in one-seat constituencies.

The elections are of major importance for the country’s future political life as under the new edition of the national constitution which came into force in 2012-2013 a party of a bloc winning a simple majority in the parliament (76 seats) will have the right to nominate its candidate for prime minister and form a government. The prime minister, under the news constitution, enjoys much more authority in the country that the president who is the format head of state with limited competences.

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