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Monday, October 28
By Lizi Zurabiani

By-Elections of city councils in Lagodekhi, Adigeni and Martvili Municipalities Held on October 27

By-elections of the City Council were held by the majoritarian electoral system in Lagodekhi, Adigeni and Martvili municipalities. By-elections were held in the Afeni community of Lagodekhi municipality, the Arali community of Adigeni municipality and the Kitsiki community of the Martvili municipality.

According to the CEC, elections were at 7 polling stations, with a total of 6 798 registered voters. Five candidates nominated by three electoral subjects run in the elections.

By-elections were organized by Lagodekhi, Adigeni and Martvili DECs together with the CEC. All necessary equipment and documentation were provided to each polling station.

At 08:00 all polling stations were ready to receive voters. Voters received one ballot at the polling station to elect a majoritarian MP; Voters make their choice in the voting booth. We remind you that voting is secret.

76 observers from 10 domestic observer organizations and 5 observers from 1 international organization were observing the elections. 221 representatives of 15 media organizations were accredited in the election administration. There were 37 eligible observers registered by the election subjects.

According to the election law, agitation is prohibited at the polling station on polling day. It is also forbidden to place pre-paid and free advertising on television and radio. Besides, it is forbidden to post public opinion poll results before 20:00.

The majoritarian candidates running in the October 27 municipal elections were: Lagodekhi: Malkhaz Melashvili - European Georgia, David Beglarishvili - Movement for Free Georgia, Omar Shvelidze - Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia. In Adigeni: Zurab Peikrishvili - Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia. In Martvili: Robert Kakulia - Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia.

A large shopping mall - City Mall Saburtalo – officially opens

Large shopping complex "City Mall Saburtalo" has officially opened on Vazha-Pshavela Ave. N70 in Tbilisi.

Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava, Parliament Speaker Archil Talakvadze and other guests attended the opening ceremony.

The guests of the event had the opportunity to participate in raffles, entertainment activities, different surprises, attending concerts and laser shows. The special guest of the event's musical show was Salio. After the concert, DJ performed musically.

Mindia Sabanadze, the founder of City Mall Saburtalo, said that a 120,000-square-foot building was opened today in the city center, 60,000 of which is commercial space, with the rest occupied by parking and a relaxing environment.

“This space brings together all the brands that exist in Georgia today. Some brands are opening here for the first time. Here people can come with their children, friends, go to the movies, bowling, go shopping and so on. Along with all this, the important factor is that it will unload the city from traffic with parking which can accommodate 1500 cars. Also, the opening of this mall has created up to 3,300 jobs," said Mindia Sabanadze, founder of City Mall Saburtalo.

120,000 square meters, energy-efficient, in compliance with international and local standards, equipped with modern technologies, innovative design, multifunctional complex, "City Mall Saburtalo" brings more than 200 latest concept and distinctive collections, clothing, footwear, accessories stores, cafes, restaurants, the largest movie theater in Georgia, unique concept children's entertainment and bowling centers, Brands stores of hardware, furniture, décor, self-care and perfume, toys, books, jewelry and gift shops into one space.

The shopping center is equipped with two-level underground parking for 1500 cars.

The City Mall will feature the largest screening in Georgia, the Cavea City Mall with the ultra-modern “ScreenX” hall; Also, "Zara", "Massimo Dutti," "Oisho," "Stradivarius," "Pull & Bear," "Bershka," "Mango", "H & M" and others.

By the end of 2019, the trade and entertainment center will open Biblus, Pepela, Xtoys, Octopus Fitness Club, Waikiki, New Yorker, well-known international fast-food brands such as McDonald's and Burger King.

By the end of 2019, an A-class business center “City Tower” will start operating.

Festival of Georgian Lyric Song Suliko 2019 held in Zestafoni

Festival of Georgian Lyric Song 'Suliko 2019' was held in Zestafoni. The celebration of this event started with opening up a bust of Varinka Machavariani- Tsereteli. The bust of Varinka Tsereteli was opened by Imereti State Representative Zviad Shalamberidze and Zestaponi Mayor Giorgi Goglichidze.

The solemn ceremony was attended by the heads of local self-government, Varinka Machavariani - Tsereteli's descendants and community representatives.

Famous composers and singers appreciated the results of the performances. According to the jury's decision, the festival's grand prize winner became an individual artist of Vani municipality, Guji Dzagnidze. The first place was Kutaisi individual performer Nice Kirvalidze, second place was Nino Ramishvili, Kharagauli Municipality singer, and third place was the women's vocal ensemble "Harmony" at Zestafoni Cultural and Creative Center.

The winners were presented with cash prizes and gifts by Zestaponi Mayor, Giorgi Goglichidze, Vice Mayor, David Magradze, Vakhtang Gambashidze, Chairman of Sakrebulo and Shalva Kiknavelidze, majoritarian MP.