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19 September, Thursday

Ruling party candidates leading in Georgia's by-elections

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The ruling Georgian Dream party candidates are leading in the May 19 by-elections in the majority of election precincts, according to the Georgian Central Election Commission's website.

The ruling party candidate Lado Kakhadze (41%) will go into a runoff with the united oppositional candidate Shalva Shavgulidze (36.83%) competing for the parliamentary seat in the Mtatsminda district of Tbilisi.

Polling stations closed at 8 p.m. at 410 polling stations in Georgia where voters cast ballots for a member of parliament, five mayors and members of eight city councils (Sakrebulo) across the country. 

The Central Election Commission (CEC) Spokesperson Ana Mikeladze said the by-elections were held in a "mainly calm environment" and voters had the opportunity to express their will "freely."

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