Georgia, Tbilisi /corr. Trend N.Kirskhalia / The candidate for presidency in Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, continues to top the early presidential elections in Georgia after the initial counts of the Central Election Commission of Georgia. According to data from the Central Election Commission of Georgia, from the votes of 3 070 out of 3512 polling stations, Mikhail Saakashvili, gained 52.1% (922,740 votes) and the candidate from the combined opposition, Levan Gachechiladze, gained 24.98% (442,478 votes).
They are followed by Arkadi Patarkatsishvili with 6.69% (118,481) votes), Shalva Natelashvili - 6.3% (111,639 votes), David Gamkrelidze with 3.91% (69,330 votes), Georgi Maisashvili with 0.74% (13,999 votes) and Irina Sarishvili-Chanturia with 0.19% (3,401 votes).
The early Presidential elections took place in Georgia on 5 January.
According to the early report of the Central Election Commission of Georgia, 1,912,943 or 56.17% of the voters took part in the elections.
As per Georgia's Constitution, whoever gains 50% of the votes plus 1will be elected President in the first round.