Abkhazian parliamentary election, 2007

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Parliamentary elections were held in Abkhazia on 4 March 2007, with a second round in seventeen constituencies on 18 March.[1]

Electoral system[edit]

The 35 members of the People's Assembly were elected in single-member constituencies using the two-round system. A total of 189 polling stations were used for the elections,[2] with 129,650 registered voters.[3]

Campaign[edit]

A total of 136 candidates were nominated, including 26 MPs. The Community Party was the only party to formally nominate candidates, with all other candidates nominated by initiative groups. The Central Election Commission approved the registration of 130 candidates, of which 22 withdrew before election day.[4] They included 92 Abkhazians, 10 Armenians, 5 Georgians, 4 Russians and one Ukrainian. President Sergei Bagapsh stressed the necessity of having a multi-ethnic parliament, where all the minorities were represented. He also stated that the prevailing issue of the election campaign was achieving international recognition for the de facto independent state.[5]

Three parties supported Bagapsh; the United Abkhazia, Aitaira and Amtsakhara, whilst the Forum of Abkhaz People’s Unity supported Vice President Raul Khadjimba.

Results[edit]

Of the 35 elected members, 28 were supporters of Bagapsh; 26 were Abkhazians, three were Russians, three were Armenians, two were Georgians and one was a Turk. Voter turnout was 47.25% in the first round.[6]

By district[edit]

District Elected Losing candidates
First round Second round Withdrew
Sukhumi 1 Talix Kvatysh Daur Achugba Daur Nachkebia[P], Vladimir Kharania, Aida Ashuba Gennadi Ardzinba, Abesalom Kvarchia
Sukhumi 2 Soner Gogua[P] Vitali Gabnia Zaur Dopua, Suren Kerselyan, Temur Tabagua Terenti Chania
Sukhumi 3 Rita Lolua Emma Gamsonia[I][P] Iakub Lakoba Garri Konjaria
Sukhumi 4 Batal Kobakhia Viktor Khilchevski Batal Arshba[I], Esmiralda Arshba, Vitali Aslandzia Alkhas Manargia
Sukhumi 5 Lev Shamba[C] Akhra Bzhania Eleonora Kogonia, Frida Lazba
Sukhumi 6 Irina Agrba[P] Givi Gabnia, Konstantin Pilia[I] Leila Dzyba, Vadim Cherkezia
Sukhumi 7 Pavel Leshchuk[I][P] Vladimir Arshba Nodari Nachkebia
Pitsunda 8 Roman Benia[P] Almasbei Kchach Dona Malia, Fedor-Tengiz Gabunia, Davlet Pilia
Macharsky 9 Valeri Bganba Roman Ketia Badra Aiba, Batal Khagush[I], Gocha Jalagonia
Gagra 10 Amra Agrba Rauf Tsimtsba[P] Vadim Smyr Shota Bagatelia[C]
Gagra 11 Valeri Kondakov[C][I][P] Aleksei Romanenko, Vitali Azhiba, Arkadi Sarkisyan
Tsandripsh 12 Valeri Mayromyan[P] Galust Trapizonyan[I] Lyudmila Gumba
Otharskomnu 13 Garik Samanba[I][P] Marina Bartsits[I] Fedor Sakania Georgi Agrba, Beslan Dbar, Timur Zantaria
Duripshskomu 14 Guram Gumba[P] Dmitri Ardzinba Vianor Tania, Juma Gabunia Kesou Khagba[I]
Lykhny 15 Mikhail Sangulia Remzik Chirikbaia Konstantin Ozgan[C][I][P]
Gudauta 16 Vladimir Nachach-Ogly[C][I][P] Garigin Taxmazyan, Vitali Darmava, Nodar Shakryl
Aatsin 17 Viacheslav Tsugba[C][I][P] Anatoli Otyrba, Valeri Khagba, Valeri Avidzba
Athos 18 Vitali Smyr Aslan Bartsits[I], Anri Jergenia
Esherskomu 19 Lev Avidzba Svetlana Jergenia Viktor Tvanba[P] Emma Khvartskia
Gumista 20 Albert Ovsepyan[I][P] Farad Mikaelyan Larisa Adleiba, Vartan Kushchyan Ervant Minasyan
Baslat 21 Valeri Kvarchia Erkan Kutarba[P]
Pshap 22 Sergei Matosyan Albert Kapikyan[I], Ruslan Khojava Robert Yaylyan
Machar 23 Viktor Vasilev[P] Aleksei Vashchenko, Gennadi Nikitchenko[I]
Dranda 24 Adgur Kharazia Aleksei Lataria
Baslahuskomu 25 Yuri Zuchba[P] Emma Khojava Arkadi Jinjia (Lena Slavik Kuchuberia, Lena Gunia
Chlou 26 Zaur Adleiba[P] Beslan Butba[I]
Kutol 27 Nugzar Ashuba[I][P] Appolon Gurgulia
Atar 28 Temur Kvitsinia Paatovich[P] Temur Kvitsinia Konstantinovich
Ochamchira 29 Beslan Jopua[C][I][P]
Tkuarchal 30 Daur Arshba Ilia Gamisonia[I][P]
Tkuarchal 31 Aleksandr Chengelia Jambulat Arshba[P] Patiko Alan
Uakum 32 Omari Kvarchia[P] Ivan Zarandia
Chuburkhindji 33 Yuri Kereselidze[I][P] Akhra Kvekveskiri, Teimuraz Jishkariani
Gali 34 Viacheslav Vardania[I][P] Nodik Kvitsinia Tsiza Gumba
Shashikvarskomu 35 Bezhan Ubiria[P] Ramin Chekheria Tamaz Shonia, Beslan Kantaria
Source: Regnum (candidates), Apsnypress (results), Apsnypress (affiliations)[4]

C Communist Party nominee

I Incumbent

P Backed by pro-presidential parties

Reactions[edit]

Neither Georgia nor the EU recognised the elections citing a lack of participation by Georgian refugees.

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