U.S. Department of State comments on Georgia polls
Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State Victoria Nuland has made first official comments regarding the parliamentary elections in Georgia, saying it was a very important day for the country. Nuland emphasized the meaning of large-scale international monitoring of the polls.
`It’s obviously a very important day for Georgia. Our understanding from our preliminary reporting is that the turnout at the polls was very strong today. We’ve been looking for a democratic election that is free, fair, transparent. Our understanding is that the Central Election Commission is going to try to tabulate the results overnight, and that we’ll have some announcements in the morning, local time. We’ll see about that.
The international community has had a relatively robust monitoring mission out there, including ODIHR from the – under the OSCE auspices. And our understanding is we have NDI and IRI observers out there as well,` Nuland said.