The FINANCIAL — OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights’ (ODIHR) Election Observation Mission (EOM) will start functioning in Georgia from August 30, at the invitation of the Government of Georgia.
The parliamentary elections on 8 October will be monitored by up to 400 observers (main group consisting of 8 observers, plus 26 long-term and 350 short-term observers), according to MFA of Georgia.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze received representatives of the Election Observation Mission of OSCE/ODIHR where issues relating to Georgia’s co-operation with the Organisation and the election environment in Georgia were discussed.
According to Mikheil Janelidze, OSCE/ODIHR has been observing the elections in Georgia since 1999. He reaffirmed the Georgian Government’s readiness to assist the Mission in carrying out its functions effectively.
“We highly appreciate ODIHR’s recommendations which played an important role in improving the election environment, in upgrading the election laws and in heightening the quality of Georgian democracy in General” – the Georgian Foreign Minister said.
The Government of Georgia invited a large number of high-profile international organizations to monitor the parliamentary elections due to be held on 8 October, including the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, NATO Parliamentary Assembly, European Parliament, Arab League, African Union, International Republican Institute, National Democratic Institute, others.