Elections, News

Georgian opposition asks world to react to election violations

by | Aug 15, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgian Dream, the strongest competitor to the party of Presidential Mikheil Saakashvili, calls on foreign diplomats and international organizations in Tbilisi to react ‘correctly and adequately’ regarding ongoing political processes in Georgia.

One of the coalition’s spokespersons, Irakli Alasania, said this Tuesday after meeting foreign diplomats and international organizations.

Davit Usupashvili, Irakli Alasania, Sozar Subari, Manana Kobakhidze, Gogi Topadze and Maia Panjikidze represented the coalition at the meeting. They met with representatives of foreign embassies in Georgia, and Luis Navarro, head of National Democratic Institute Georgia, also attended the meeting.

Alasania says they showed the guests documentation about the latest series of violations. Afterwards, the parties agreed to have monitoring during the election campaign and vote counting. They also discussed the election environment and the situation before the elections in Georgia.

“We discussed certain incidents of violations from government bodies and officials,” Alasania said, explaining that first of all it is interrupting the coalition from conducting its campaign. He says the main goal of the ruling National Movement party and local government is in fact to interrupt their meetings with people.

“We had come incidents when the Constitutional Security Department and Interior Ministry continue used its own intelligence services against the opposition.”

Alasania reminded them about an article published abroad which said that representatives of the coalition were being followed by agents of the internal intelligence service, the Constitutional Security Department, and they were arrested by local police.

The coalition explained details about the fining of the coalition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili and another of its public figures, the footballer Kakhi Kaladze.

Georgian Dream representatives consider that in order to avoid falsification of elections it is necessary for international organizations to monitor the process in each region and district of Georgia.

“We are thankful to the OSCE and other organizations that have already arrived in Georgia and started monitoring, but this is not enough. We expect that more observers will arrive. There should be monitors in each region, but also representatives of society and our coalition. In the government, there is a strong desire to falsify the election, but we will do everything to protect each vote for the coalition,” Irakli Alasania added.



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