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Georgian parliamentary elections results to be published on Oct. 20: CEC

2012-09-30 17:41:59 GMT2012-10-01 01:41:59(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

TBILISI, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Georgian Central Election Commission (CEC) on Sunday said that it would sum up election results on Oct. 20.

The 2012 parliamentary elections for the South Caucasus country is slated for Oct. 1.

The CEC will publish through the press a final protocol about the election results five days prior to its summing up the elections results.

According to the commission, a total of 3,613,851 voters will cast their ballot in Georgia via 3,719 polling stations. There are also 45 voting facilities outside Georgia. Voting lasts from eight o'clock in the morning till eight in the evening, Georgian time.

In all, 14 political parties and two election blocs are to take part in the forthcoming elections which will elect 150 members of parliament for the next four years.

Voters from within Georgia and abroad will vote 73 members of parliament in as many single-seat constituencies through the format of the voted with majority votes taking the seat.

The voters will also vote for 77 proportionally-representative members of parliament through a mechanism known as the 5-percent threshold.

Any of the registered political parties which garners over 5 percent of the total ballot will be allocated parliamentary seats in proportion to their shares of votes.

Previously, the majoritarian and proportional formats halved the elections for the 150-seat unicameral parliament of Georgia.

In 2012, the parties, both ruling and opposition, agreed to reduce to 73 seats the quota for majoritarian format and to increase to 77 seats the quota for proportional format.

The ruling United National Movement party now has 119 of the 150 existing parliamentary seats. Three opposition parties which had passed the 5-percent threshold in the last parliamentary elections in 2008 split 14 seats (the Christian Democratic Movement party has six seats; the Labor Party has six seats, and the Republican Party of Georgia has two seats) while the remaining 17 seats are scattered among leaders of other opposition parties which grouped to form an election alliance back then.

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