About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 16:12 - 10 Oct.'15
Reports of Masked Men Breaking into Polling Stations in Khashuri
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 2 Oct.'12 / 03:04

Serious violations involving armed men breaking into precincts and falsifying vote tallies were reported from Shida Kartli region’s town of Khashuri hours after the polling stations were closed in the October 1 parliamentary elections.

One of the local observer groups, Transparency International Georgia reported that “special task force” servicemen entered into several polling stations in Khashuri and “modified” vote summary protocols.

“Our observer present at the precinct No. 46 reported that Georgian Dream had most of the ballots in vote summary protocol, but shortly afterwards armed persons arrived at the precinct, who have kicked all the observers out of the building. A new summary protocol was made in which the United National Movement was the winner. District Election Commission accepted this very protocol,” TI Georgia said on October 2.

“Our another observer reported that special task force also broke into the precinct number 19, where observers were physically assaulted and forced out of the precinct,” TI Georgia said.

Video footage disseminated by Info-9 news agency showed chaotic scenes outside, what it said was, precinct No.10 in Khashuri; the footage shows several uniformed men in masks coming from the precinct, taking seat in a police pick-up and leaving the area; then several other men, also in masks with one of them holding, what appears to be, a handgun, coming from the building as people gathered outside the precinct shouting and swearing at them.

Maestro TV footage showed also chaotic scenes outside precinct No. 3 in Khashuri; police forces in riot gear, carrying shields and truncheons and at least one of them holding what seemed to be a riot gun were also seen on the footage.

The Interior Ministry said that reports of police units used force and opened fire in the vicinity of polling stations were “false”.

“Police officers were protecting perimeter of those polling stations, where particular problems were identified. No guns or special means were used at place. On each polling station where police appeared and was mobilized due to call from polling stations, groups of activists, who were gathered there, left the area smoothly without any resistance,” the Interior Ministry said.

Latest News
10 Oct.'15 16:12
Georgian President Condemns Ankara Bomb Attack
“We express firm support towards the people and government of Turkey,” Margvelashvili said in.
10 Oct.'15 15:21
Georgian PM Meets Azerbaijani President in Baku
Garibashvili made a brief unannounced visit to the Azerbaijani capital on October 10.
10 Oct.'15 13:44
Deputy FM Says Georgia Told by U.S. not to Rush into Full-Scale Cooperation with Iran
He said U.S. asked Tbilisi to “refrain from becoming open” for Iran until Tehran complies with nuclear deal.
10 Oct.'15 00:33
Energy Ministry Says Georgia Open to Gas Supply Talks with Gazprom
Energy Minister Kaladze says it is part of diversifying energy supplies.
09 Oct.'15 22:46
Georgian Deputy FM: MAP Not Expected at NATO Warsaw Summit
Dondua gave a straightforward assessment of the issue at a meeting with opposition MPs from FD party.
09 Oct.'15 09:53
U.S. ‘Expresses Concerns to Georgian Govt’ Over Rustavi 2 TV Case
U.S. diplomat meets Rustavi 2 TV head to learn about court case “affecting the station’s financial health.”
08 Oct.'15 21:09
NATO, Georgian Defense Ministers Meet in Brussels
“We need to see more progress in key areas of reform, especially in the rule of law,” Stoltenberg said.
08 Oct.'15 19:01
Georgian Foreign Minister Meets EU Officials in Brussels
EU foreign policy chief said Georgia making “rapid progress towards visa liberalisation.”
08 Oct.'15 16:50
ICC Prosecutor Seeks Investigation into August 2008 War
The move comes after more than 7 years of “preliminary examination” of the case.
08 Oct.'15 15:24
Public Defender Says Pretrial Detention of Opposition Activists ‘Unjustified’
He said the case also triggers “suspicions over selective application of justice.”

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2015, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.