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OSCE PA leaders call political parties to participate in the work of the new parliament

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The FINANCIAL — Amidst demands by the opposition for repeat parliamentary elections in Georgia and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to the South Caucasus country, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s political and security Chair and the leaders of the OSCE’s recent election observation mission reiterated that political deadlock must be overcome in order to ensure that the voters’ will is respected. “Despite the grave challenges posed by the COVID pandemic, up to two million citizens of Georgia went to the polls on 31 October to make their voices heard,” said Special Co-ordinator and leader of the short-term OSCE election…

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OSCE PA leaders call political parties to participate in the work of the new parliament

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The FINANCIAL — Amidst demands by the opposition for repeat parliamentary elections in Georgia and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to the South Caucasus country, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s political and security Chair and the leaders of the OSCE’s recent election observation mission reiterated that political deadlock must be overcome in order to…

OSCE PA observers concerned about recent protests, urge restraint

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The FINANCIAL — Following reports of protests against the results of the 31 October parliamentary elections and clashes with the police in recent days in Tbilisi, Georgia, OSCE Special Co-ordinator and leader of the short-term OSCE election mission Elona Gjebrea Hoxha (MP, Albania) and Head of the OSCE PA Delegation Pia Kauma (MP, Finland) called…

Council of Europe: statement of the international observers on Georgian elections

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The FINANCIAL — Fundamental freedoms respected in competitive Georgian elections, but allegations of pressure and blurring of line between party and state reduced confidence, international observers say.  Georgia’s parliamentary elections were competitive and, overall, fundamental freedoms were respected. Nevertheless, pervasive allegations of pressure on voters and blurring of the line between the ruling party and…

Georgian parliamentary elections: All opposition parties refuse to enter next parliament

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Civil.ge — After two-day consultations, all 8 opposition parties that passed the 1% threshold in the October 31 parliamentary elections have made up their minds to boycott the next parliament. European Georgia, scoring 3,78% in the elections, was the first to announce the decision. The party added that its two majoritarian candidates will not participate…

Statement of the EEAS on the Georgian Parliamentary elections

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The FINANCIAL — Georgia held the first round of its 2020 Parliamentary elections on 31 October, under a revised electoral system and with high voter turnout, despite the challenging context of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the joint statement of preliminary findings and conclusions of the international observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions…

US Secretary of State addressed Georgian FM on October elections

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The FINANCIAL — On September 15 the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a letter to Georgian Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaniani. He thanked Zalkaniani for his official invitation to observe Georgia’s upcoming parliamentary elections on October 31. Secretary of State also said he shares Zalkaniani’s focus on ensuring that the elections are free, fair,…

US and Switzerland embassies encourage parties to sign code of conduct

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The FINANCIAL — The Code of Conduct for Political Parties is a set of norms of voluntary ethics which are aimed at protecting democratic values and fundamental freedoms; conduct of a substantive, program-oriented, inclusive election campaign that provides equal opportunities for electoral stakeholders. Numerous reports by international election observation missions and other international stakeholders have recommended the…