ODHIR representatives observing electoral environment in Georgia
Representatives of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODHIR) have arrived in Georgia to get acquainted with the pre-election situation in Georgia.
The ODHIR representatives discussed today Georgia`s Election Code with the members of the parliamentary majority.
The mission`s role and involvement in the pre-election period was lined up at the meeting.
"Naturally it`s very significant that the international monitoring mission have opportunity to get fully acquainted with the election environment. Therefore, I think the information we gave them was very interesting for them", Pavle Kublashvili, the chairman of the parliamentary committee for legal issues said.
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