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Opposition leader says Georgia presidential vote already falsified

The top opposition candidate in Georgia's presidential election Levan Gachechiladze said yesterday that today's vote had already been falsified and threatened not to recognize the results.After listing a series of alleged campaign violations, Gachechiladze said: "If these kinds of things continue, and I am 100 percent sure that this is continuing, then we can't recognize" the election.He said the media had been biased in favour of incumbent Mikheil Saakashvili, that opposition candidates had been blocked from advertising and that state resources had been used for Saakashvili's campaign."We cannot give Saakashvili our country and our population, because we are 100 percent sure that if he proceeds with falsified elections, we will get an authoritarian regime here very soon," he told journalists after meeting with European election observers.He said Saakashvili was planning to use "non-legal and bad exit polls" to claim victory and promised to "continue protests and everything under the constitution" to oppose him.Another opposition candidate, David Gamkrelidze of the conservative New Rights party, also threatened Friday not to recognize the vote."Saakashvili has not such ratings to overcome the 50 percent threshold tomorrow. If he decided to manipulate the results and win in the first round, I think it will be quite difficult to accept and recognize the results," Gamkrelidze said in English to journalists."We think the only objective result will be a second round," he said, adding that he would support "all peaceful methods" to protest the result.Saakashvili called the snap poll after violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters on November 7 and the imposition of a state of emergency that lasted nine days.The unrest and emergency rule tarnished his reputation as one of the most democratic and reformist leaders in the former Soviet Union.Hundreds of international observers have arrived in Georgia for the election and diplomats have warned Georgian efforts at integrating further with the West could be derailed if the vote is not conducted fairly.If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote on Saturday, a second round of voting must take place in two weeks time.