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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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland on Georgian parliamentary elections

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The FINANCIAL — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland “appreciates the efforts of the Georgia’s authorities to organise the parliamentary elections on October 31st in a swift and efficient manner, based on a revised electoral system.” According to the ministry’s statement, “the turnout achieved, especially within a framework of difficulties posed by the pandemic…

U.S. Embassy statement on parliamentary elections of Georgia

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The FINANCIAL — The U.S. Embassy welcomes the high voter turnout during parliamentary elections and applauds the people of Georgia for their dedication to democracy even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of responsible election workers and professional observation groups around the country deserve recognition and thanks for their work supporting voters’ right to be heard…

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…

CEC: Preliminary results of parliamentary elections after counting 95% of votes

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The FINANCIAL — 95% of precinct summary protocols of parliamentary elections of Georgia is available for any interested person at the Central Election Commission (CEC) special webpage. In total, of 3 847 electoral precincts, results of 3626 precincts are counted.  Ana Mikeladze, the Spokesperson of the Commission, detailed the media at the news briefing held…

CEC approved special lists of voters in isolation

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The FINANCIAL — The Central Election Commission (CEC) approved special lists of voters in isolation. 10 845 voters placed in medical institutions and isolation (quarantine, self-isolation) will cast their votes by mobile ballot box in the 31 October elections. According to a special voter list approved by the CEC ordinance, the number of self-isolated voters…

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,…

President confirms election date and US Ambassador says that Russian interference is expected

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The FINANCIAL — President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili has named the date of parliamentary elections and elections of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara within Georgia. The 2020 parliamentary elections will be held in a different manner, with 120 seats in parliament distributed based on the party-list electoral system and the remaining 30 per…

Facebook promises unprecedented transparency of political ads in Georgia

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The FINANCIAL — Facebook has responded to the appeal of Georgian NGOs on the launch of the Political Ad Library and Political Ads API in Georgia. 47 Georgian civil society and media organizations, sent an open letter to Facebook calling to take measures to prevent “anonymous, coordinated and sponsored political discrediting campaigns.” Starting in early August 2020, Facebook will require…

68 non-parliamentary parties submitted application for electoral registration

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The FINANCIAL — Deadline for some political parties to apply to the Central Election Commission (CEC) and obtain the right to participate in 2020 Parliamentary Elections has expired yesterday. The 2020 parliamentary elections will be held in a different manner. This system is based on 120 proportional and 30 majoritarian seats and a fair composition of election…