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Georgia conducts by-elections in Rustavi, Batumi

In Georgia, by-elections are being conducted in the Georgian cities of Batumi and Rustavi on Saturday, April 2. In Rustavi, voters will elect a majoritarian member of parliament, whereas, in Batumi, voters will elect a majoritarian member of the municipal council (Sakrebulo).

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In Georgia, by-elections are being conducted in the Georgian cities of Batumi and Rustavi on Saturday, April 2. In Rustavi, voters will elect a majoritarian member of parliament, whereas, in Batumi, voters will elect a majoritarian member of the municipal council (Sakrebulo).

A total of 135 polling booths were prepared to conduct the by-elections, with 121 booths set up in Rustavi and Gardabani (three precincts created in penitentiary institutions and one so-called Covid election precinct) and 14 in Batumi, according to the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia.

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The election will be observed by 278 election subjects, 1590 observers from 49 local observer groups, and 22 international observers from four international observation organizations.

679 representatives of 16 media organizations will cover the election process,” the Commission said.

The by-elections in Batumi are being conducted as a result of the death of Nugzar Putkaradze, a city council member from the opposition United National Movement party, in November last year, while the vote in Rustavi is being held due to a vacant seat after former majoritarian MP Nino Latsabidze of the ruling Georgian Dream party was elected Mayor of Rustavi in local self-government elections held in October 2021.

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