The Supreme Court in the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia asked the election commission on Monday to delay the announcement of results in a run-off presidential poll for a day so it could examine a complaint by one of the candidates.
Anatoly Bibilov, the region’s emergencies minister, and Alla Dzhioyeva, its former education minister, competed on Sunday to become South Ossetia’s first new president since Russia recognised the sliver of land as independent after Moscow’s brief 2008 war with pro-Western Georgia.
South Ossetia’s Central Election Commission said preliminary results looking at more than half the ballots cast, showed Dzhioyeva won with 56 percent of votes, while Bibilov received 40 percent. But Bibilov accused his rival of foul play and filed a complaint to the region’s Supreme Court, citing voting violations, while Dzhioyeva called on him to admit defeat.
The Supreme Court asked the Commission to refrain from further announcements of results and said it would need a day to examine the complaint.
“If I were in his place, I would go straight to my opponent and congratulate them on their victory,” Dzhioyeva told Reuters by telephone.
Venezuela, Nicaragua, and the Pacific nation of Nauru have also recognised South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two regions that have governed themselves with Russian backing since separatist wars with Tbilisi after the 1991 Soviet collapse.
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