Tserovani is a settlement of 8000 displaced Georgians on the unrecognised border with South Ossetia. They voted in a special polling station in the country’s parliamentary elections. Over 1600 international observers monitored the process in the Caucasus country.
“I want to vote, but I couldn’t find myself on the voting register because I don’t have Internally Displaced Person status,” explained one resident.
The people in the settlement have been living there since after the 2008 war with Russia. Many have given up on returning to their homes and have moved to other parts of the country. Others have stayed behind because of a lack of real alternatives. The issue was not a top priority in last electoral campaign, however it set to become an important domestic and international issue over the next number of years.