Elections, News

561 foreign observers for Georgia’s local election

by | Jun 14, 2014
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Tamar Zhvania, head of Georgia’s Central Election Commission. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–There will be 32 international and 59 Georgian organizations observing the local election on Sunday, according to the Central Election Commission (CEC).

The CEC said the number of representatives of Georgian organizations is 15,990 and the number of foreign observers 561.

75 Georgian and foreign media outlets will cover the election with 1,059 representatives in total.

Among the foreign organizations coming to observe are International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the embassies of the UK, Netherlands, United States, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary and Sweden.


Two days before the election, CEC head Tamar Zhvania addressed election administration members and members of every district and precinct commission who will be responsible for carrying out their duties impartially and professionally, follow the law, ensure that voters and other stakeholders exercise their rights granted by the law, respond to reasonable claims and timely react; ensure transparency of the election process and reflection of voters’ wishes in the election results.

“I would also like to appeal to all the election stakeholders: the election subjects, observers, media, and the voters, and urge them to ensure that the elections are conducted in a free and peaceful environment,” Zhvania’s statement said.

“Also I call on them to act within the legal framework and cooperate with the election administration while exercising their rights and responsibilities to contribute to the transparent and credible elections.”

According to the final data from CEC, the number of voters in the June 15 local election is 3,429,748.



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