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    TBILISI, APRIL 2, RIA NOVOSTI - Georgia had a parliamentary election on a proportionate representation system, March 28. The Right Opposition: Industrialists/New Ones bloc, led by Goghi Topadze and David Gamkrelidze, intends to question election returns for certain constituencies in the court of law.

    The bloc will launch its protest as it badly doubts the legality of resolutions made by a number of poll administrations, says Georgi Chakhnashvili, New Rights political party spokesman at Georgia's Central Election Commission.

    "As they were drawing final election protocols, election commissions invalidated the ballot for stations where trespasses had surfaced. Suspiciously, they focussed attention on constituencies in which the Right Opposition: Industrialists/New Ones bloc had won," he points out.

    As Central Election Commission statistics have it, a mere two political parties-the ruling and the Right Opposition bloc-came over a 7 per cent threshold to win parliamentary representation. The bloc barely negotiated the barrier with 7.62 per cent.

    The Right Opposition is dead set against the returns calculated that way. "We have scored more than 8 per cent-we have reliable facts and figures to prove it, and we want to have our actual returns recognised," says Goghi Topadze.

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