OSCE PA observers concerned about recent protests, urge restraint

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,…

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

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…

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Statement of the EEAS on the Georgian Parliamentary elections

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…

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US Secretary of State addressed Georgian FM on October elections

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…

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US and Switzerland embassies encourage parties to sign code of conduct

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…

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