Three Weeks before the Presidential Election in Georgia

With a little over three weeks to go before the 27 October Presidential Election in Georgia, I decided to take my camera out with me on a little stroll to buy an extension cable for my desktop PC. To be honest, there's little sign on the streets so far that a presidential election is imminent, but there are at least some. Schools have been identified as polling stations, election campaign offices have been opened, and there are a few posters and electronic billboards around.

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My First Presidential Election in the South Caucasus… But Not the Last

It wasn't the first election I covered in the South Caucasus, as I had also been present in Armenia for the parliamentary election in 1999, but it was the first presidential one. And in addition to reporting on the election campaign and the obligatory protests afterwards, I also observed election day for OSCE/ODIHR through the British Embassy in Yerevan.

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Portraits from the Gldani Prison Abuse Protests — Part II

The second part of some of the photographs I shot during the Gldani Prison Abuse Protests just weeks before the 1st October 2012 Parliamentary Elections in Georgia. Unfortunately, the main protest this year turned out to be a homophobic rampage in the very heart of Tbilisi, but it will be interesting to see if there are any other politically-motivated protests over any scandals that might emerge just before the 27th October Presidential Election.

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Portraits from the Gldani Prison Abuse Protests — Part I

Talking of last year’s parliamentary election in Georgia, one major pivotal event was the leak of video footage depicting the humiliation and abuse of inmates of the Gldani Prison in Tbilisi. Shocking many less than two weeks before the parliamentary vote, students also took to the streets in a number of unprecedented demonstrations. It was also a great opportunity to grab a few portraits of protesters, both young and old.

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Elections in Georgia

It’s that time again. Presidential Elections in the South Caucasus. Well, almost. Armenians went to the polls in February earlier this year, but Azerbaijanis will do so on 9th October, and Georgians a few weeks later on the 27th. Although many eyes will be on a likely predictable outcome in Azerbaijan, albeit one that will undoubtedly be accompanied by intrigue and incident, that’s not to say the Georgian vote is any less important.

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