Jan 15, 2005

Abkhazia: Bagapsh declared election winner


An official report estimates the election turnout at 75,719 of Abkhazia's 129,127 registered voters, he said. "A total of 69,728 people voted for Bagapsh, while 3,549 cast their ballots for his rival Yakub Lakoba," he said.
Batal Tapagua, Central Elections Commission chairman of the breakaway province of Abkhazia, has officially declared Sergei Bagapsh to be the winner in the self- proclaimed republic's presidential elections.

"I can now make an official announcement that the presidential elections in Abkhazia have been declared valid, and the winner is Sergei Bagapsh," Tapagua told Interfax on Friday.

An official report estimates the election turnout at 75,719 of Abkhazia's 129,127 registered voters, he said. "A total of 69,728 people voted for Bagapsh, while 3,549 cast their ballots for his rival Yakub Lakoba," he said. "Thus, Bagapsh won with 92.08% of the vote," he said.

A total of 1,988 voters cast their ballots against both candidates and 850 ballots were found invalid, Tapagua said.

"No complaints or reports of violations that could have influenced the election outcome have been received," he said.

Source: Interfax