Georgia spends over 29 mln lari for parliamentary elections
Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct.2 /Trend, N.Kirtskhalia/
Some 29,032 million lari ($ 1 = 1.65 lari) from the state budget has been spent for the Georgian parliamentary elections. Of this amount, 18,152 million lari account for wages of election administration, 7,571 million lari accounted for maintenance, 2,229 million lari - other expenses, another 1.08 million lari is envisaged in non-financial assets.
According to the electoral legislation the CEC envisaged allocation of 2,229 million lari for payment of political advertising on TV and to support pre-election campaign of election entities.
Parliamentary elections took place in Georgia on Oct.1, which were attended by 14 parties and two political blocks.
In 2013, after amendments to the Constitution will take effect, the Parliament will receive more authority, and the rights of the head of state will be curtailed.
According to initial information, opposition coalition "Bidzina Ivanishvili - Georgia Dream" continues to lead with 53.35 percent of votes.
The ruling party - "United National Movement-More Benefit for people" ranks second with 41.56 percent of votes.
The parties are followed by - "Giorgi Targamadze Christian-Democratic Movement" - 2.19 percent, "Shalva Natelashvili - Labour Party of Georgia" - 1.32 percent, "New Rights" - 0.48 percent.
In total, data from 693 (18.4 percent) out of 3,766 polling stations has been counted.