Sunday’s presidential elections in South Ossetia have been recognized as valid as the voter turnout exceeded 52 percent, chairperson of the republic’s Central Election Commission (CEC) Bella Pliyeva said.
"As of 14:00 local time, the voter turnout was 52.79 percent. The elections have been recognized as valid," she said. Elections in South Ossetia are recognized as valid in case the voter turnout exceeds 50 percent. According to Pliyeva, more than 17,000 people have cast their votes in South Ossetia alone. Data from polling stations outside the country have not been taken into account yet. According to South Ossetian Interior Minister Akhsar Lavoyev, no serious violations have been reported during the voting. Three candidates - incumbent President Leonid Tibiliov, parliament speaker and the leader of the United Ossetia party Anatoly Bibilov and State Security Committee officer Alan Gagloyev - are vying for the presidential office. The winning candidate is to score 50 percent plus one vote in the first round.
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