|Georgian leader's party wins first post-war vote|
|June 02, 2010|
TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's party has won weekend municipal polls, in its first electoral test since a disastrous war with neighbouring Russia in 2008.
Three election blocs and 14 political parties battled for the support of 3.5 million eligible voters for seats in 64 municipal councils, including one in the capital.
The first-ever direct vote for mayor of Tbilisi, home to more than a quarter of Georgia's 4.5 million people, was held the same day.
Below are the results for main contenders issued by the Central Election Commission after counting returns from all districts:
MAYORAL ELECTION IN THE CAPITAL
Gigi Ugulava (ruling United National Movement) - 55.23 pct
MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS (PARTY LIST RESULTS)
United National Movement - 65.42 pct
Election watchdog the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Sunday's election marked "evident progress towards meeting international standards but significant shortcomings remain to be addressed."
(Reporting by Margarita Antidze; editing by Andrew Roche)
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