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Change of Georgian presidential election date wrong: election watchdog


14:52, July 03, 2013

TBILISI, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The chief of Georgian Fair Elections on Tuesday questioned the change of the date for the presidential election from Oct. 27 to Oct. 31.

"Reading the election code that presidential elections must be appointed only on Sunday and it can't be held on Saturday or Thursday," Nino Lomjaria said.

Lomjaria's remarks came one day after Manana Manjgaladze, a spokesperson for President Mikheil Saakashvili, told reporters that the president had signed a decree to designate Oct. 27, or the last Sunday of October, as the date for the South Caucasus country's vote.

However, Andro Barnov, chief of the presidential administration, said at a later press briefing that the choice of Oct. 27 was a technical mistake and the election would be held Oct. 31, a Thursday.

The Georgian constitution stipulates that the presidential election should be held in October and the sitting president is entitled to choose a date no less than 60 days before the election.

Saakashvili has served two full terms and cannot run for a third.

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