The Statement of the President of Georgia Concerning the Elections of 8th of October
The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili urges the electorate to be active on the second round of Elections of 8th of October. The President addresses the law enforcement agencies to respond timely and firmly to the procedural violations identified during the vote counting.
“I would like to thank the Georgian citizens, who actively participated in the elections. Your participation was extremely important. Throughout the two month period we have been urging our society to be active at the election process and the registered percentage of turnout is indeed very significant.
The pre-election process was active during the last month and a half and, despite some exceptions that on the whole did not complicate the environment, was followed by the calm, constructive, and active electoral process.
Regrettably, some severe violations have been identified during the vote counting process. This fact is not only disappointing, but also provocative. Such incidents that took place in some election districts need rapid response, considering the fact that the Parliamentary Elections 2016 is not only the elections of October 8th.
Our goal is that the Parliamentary Elections of 2016 to be evaluated as the one conducted according to the highest standards. The whole election process will be assessed according to the election of October 8th, the rapid response to the excesses that took place during the elections, and the successful conduct of the second round.
Based on the preliminary results, multiple second round elections are expected; therefore, once again, I would like to ask you to be active during the run-off period and to once again show your interest and engagement in this process.
I would like to call on the relevant authorities to rapidly respond to the violations identified during the vote counting.
We should use all our efforts in order to ensure that the October 8th Parliamentary Elections remain in Georgia’s history as the elections, conducted according to the highest standards and quality”, - stated the President.