Georgian PM expects his presidential candidate to get 60% in polls
Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili warned Georgy Margvelashvili, a member of his Georgian Dream coalition and candidate for President of Georgia, that he should quit the campaign if he fails to gain at least 50% of votes in first round. Ivanishvili added that the candidate should get at least 60% of the vote, as fewer votes would ‘reduce enthusiasm’.
Ivanishvili noted that a win for David Bakradze of the United National Movement may result in President Mikheil Saakashvili becoming the Prime Minister.Merab Pachulia, head of the Gorbi Sociological Service, clarified that the prime minister was highlighting the chances of the old regime regaining power. He explained that the problem was that voters may simply skip the elections, especially if Tbilisi experiences bad weather. As a result, Margvelashvili may gain less than 50% of votes, though more than David Bakradze and Nino Burjanadze.
Should Margvelashvili quit the campaign, voters would have to choose between Bakradze and Burjanadze, Nodia supposes. This provokes thoughts about conspiracy that Ivanishvili wants Burjanadze to win, Nodia believes, expressing doubts about such theory.