Teimuraz Sashiashvili, a former governor of the western Georgian province of Imereti, follows with 2.47 percent of the vote. No other presidential hopeful has managed to surpass the 1% threshold. 1.43 percent of the electors voted against all candidates.
Some 350,000 ballots from 417 polling stations across the country have been processed thus far, Electoral Commission Chairman Zurab Chiaberashvili reported at a press conference. The total number of polling stations open for voting in the January 4 election was 2,750. If this pace of work is maintained, the final election results will come out as early as the morning of January 7, Chiaberashvili said.