TBILISI, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Two separate exit polls late on Sunday gave lead to the candidate from the ruling coalition in the 2013 Georgian presidential election.
An "Imedi" television-ordered exit poll conducted by the ACT group gave Giorgi Margvelashvili an average poll of over 60 percent; a "Rustavi2" television-ordered exit poll conducted by Germany-based GfK also gave lead to the ruling coalition Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia's candidate, with an average poll of over 60 percent.
The two separate exit polls gave average polls of over 20 percent to former ruling party United National Movement candidate, Davit Bakradze, and gave an average poll of around 10 percent to former twice acting head of state Nino Burjanadze.
Shortly after exit poll results were known, opposition candidate Davit Bakradze congratulated Giorgi Margvelashvili on his winning presidential election.
"As an opposition leader, I am ready to cooperate with the government... and to work with the new president on all those issues which are essential to better life of our people," Davit Bakradze, former parliamentary speaker and now leader of the parliamentary minority during a televised speech. Davit Bakradze was Giorgi Margvelashvili's major rival.
In the meantime, the Georgian Central Election Commission is processing data collected from the ballot papers it had gotten from polling stations around the country.
Official announcement of the final election results are expected later on Sunday or early on Monday.
In all 23 candidate ran in this year's presidential campaign, with over 3.53 million registered voters to cast their ballot.
Once the final results are announced by the Central Election Commission, the new president, the fourth elected president of independent Georgia since 1991 is expected to be sworn in on Nov. 17.