TBILISI, DFWatch – A group of experts from the National Democratic Institute (NDI) has arrived in Georgia to prepare a report about the election period.
According to NDI’s Georgia office, the delegation will hold meetings with the government, candidates, leaders of political parties, the election commission, media and representatives of organizations.
The purpose of the meetings is to evaluate how the preparations are going for the parliamentary elections and look at the political activism of the main political actors, as well as generally study the election environment.
The delegation consists of: Robin Carnahan, Missouri’s Secretary of State; Sam Gejdenson, a former U.S. congressman; Per Eklund, former chair of the EU delegation to Georgia, Kenneth Wollack, NDI president and Luis Navarro, director of NDI Georgia.
Members of the delegation won’t make comments until their report is published on June 29.
NDI is loosely affiliated with the Democratic Party in the U.S. It was established by the government in 1983 and is partly publicly funded through the National Endowment for Democracy, USAID and State Department. NDI works to further democracy in developing nations.