- Posted October 2, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Georgian Elections: The Night and Day After
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
The next morning, everything in the village was quiet. People got up to do their normal workday routines. I went off to school as I always did, met by the same smiling faces of students and teachers alike. Teachers were calmly discussing the elections amongst themselves. All of them said they had voted, not many keen on saying for whom they voted, but no one was overly angry or upset about the outcome (which is still being officially counted nationwide at the time of this writing).
After I got done at school, I took a walk around the village. The police smiled at me as I walked by. No incidents to report. Turns out the election was considered free and fair, at least in our little village, just south of Kutaisi. People were gathered outside the local convenience store, but again, just discussing the outcome. Finally, I walked into what was the polling place. There were some leftover ballot envelopes, a few arrows on the wall showing people where to go, and some voter instruction sheets on a table, but other than that, no trace of the polling place it had been the night before. It was back to just being the community library. The school's music teacher was cleaning up, and cheerfully asked me how I was doing.
For now at least, things are quiet, calm, and normal. There are still some signs up around the village, but life has returned to normal.
Also, CNN just reported that President Mikheil Saakashvili has just conceded the election. Things are still calm and quiet here in Geguti. Daily life continues on.