After one day pause due to the New Year, today the pre-election campaign on the Presidential elections in Georgia will be fully re-established. The elections will take place on 5 January. By 5 January, the candidates for Presidency will hold further meetings with the electors and representatives of the international organizations, ITAR-TASS reports.
The post of President is being claimed by Mikhail Saakashvili, a candidate from the ruling party, Levan Gachechiladze, a candidate from the National Council of Opposition, David Gamkrelidze, leader of opposition New Rights Party, Shalva Natelashvili, Head of Labor Party, scientist-economist Gia Maisashvili and Irina Sarishvili. The last two candidates have been nominated by the initiative groups of the citizens.
On 27 December Badri Patarkatsishvili, who is abroad currently, highlighted his readiness to remove his candidature. His written statement on this issue will be submitted to the Central Election Commission of Georgia on 4 January.
The elections will be monitored by more 1,000 observers, including representatives of the OSCE, European Union, Council of Europe, observation missions from the CIS, the USA, European and Asian countries.