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Three embassies make joint statement on elections

17.06.14 11:10

The Embassies of the United States, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands have released a joint statement to assess the local government elections conducted in Georgia on June 15th.

`The Embassies of the United States, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands congratulate Georgia on a successful and well-administered election day, one in which local voters directly elected all mayors and gamgebelis (municipal executives) for the first time. This represents an historic step in strengthening local governance, and constitutes an important development ahead of the signature of an Association Agreement with the European Union on June 27.
As part of our joint observation mission, our 95 monitors traveled to 23 electoral districts and visited over 600 Precinct Election Commissions (PEC). Our observers noted the voting environment was calm overall with relatively few violations reported among the over 3,600 PECs. We believe that the strong performance by opposition parties and second round elections in several localities demonstrates the growing pluralism in Georgian democracy.
We acknowledge that in the majority of electoral districts the pre-election environment was calm and only minor complaints were registered, but note with concern reports of campaign incidents and allegations of pressure on candidates to withdraw and of aggression toward election officials in certain specific locations. We encourage the government to objectively investigate these allegations ahead of the second round of voting and to take any necessary steps to ensure that Georgia’s elections meet the highest international standards.
We will continue to observe the process closely, including the campaigning yet to come and the runoff elections. Meantime, we encourage all parties to work together to promote Georgia’s economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and advance Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations,` the statement says.

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27.08.14 10:01

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27.08.14 10:57

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Okruashvili accused of armed assault

27.08.14 14:52

GD single-mandate MP Temo Giguashvili has confirmed the recent report about Irakli Okruashvili, an opposition politician, who has been alleged of firing at his villagers on Sunday. According to Giguashvili, the incident occurred at 10 p.m. last Sunday in the village of Tkviavi. More...video clip 

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27.08.14 12:39

The body of the Georgian national, who had been missing since the disaster in Georgia`s remote region of Kazbegi, Dariali Gorge, was found today. The rescue officers of the Emergencies Department of the Interior Ministry found the body after a few days` search in the tunnel of the Darial Hydro Electric Power Plant. More...video clip 

Special commission concludes probing into Lapankuri special operation

27.08.14 12:10

The public commission set specially to probe into the legality of the conduct of the Lapankuri anti-crime operation, has concluded its work. The preliminary report says that the persons, who participated in the conduct of the operation...More...video clip 

Telavi City Assembly MP beaten up

27.08.14 11:13

The member of the Telavi City Assembly has been beaten up - the incident occurred in the central part of the city. Reportedly, the member of the United Opposition faction of the assembly, Nika Vardoshvili had an argument with the manager of the Hotel Old Telavi. More...video clip 

Poroshenko meets Putin in Minsk

26.08.14 17:42

Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko shook hands as talks between the Eurasian Customs Union, EU and Ukraine began in Minsk. Along with the bilateral meetings, Putin and Poroshenko may hold one-to-one meeting within the Summit.More...


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