Feb. 23, 2010, midnight
Opposition politicians and pro-transparency groups are questioning increased social spending this year in Tbilisi, Georgia as local elections approach on May 30. Some allege that incumbent Mayor Gigi UGULAVA is offering a range of new, free services to boost his popularity in the city's first ever direct Mayoral vote. Services include medicine vouchers, skills classes, road construction, and job creation programs. UGULAVA told journalists that the allegations are unfounded.