“I call to special forces not to touch civilian population. Prime Minister should admit defeat –this statement was made by the Leader of State for People Paata Burchuladze.
“There is total rigging process in elections. I call to all to keep calm and I call the special forces not to touch citizens. Today, the government finds itself very difficult but it should admit defeat,”-Paata Burchuladze said. According to him, all the ballots are rigged in Marneuli.
10 polling stations are open in the penitentiary facilities of the Ministry of Corrections. According to the Ministry, the polling stations were opened at 08:00 a.m. today.
According to them, the representatives of different structures of Ministry of Corrections who work in 24 hour work shifts are voting by ballot box attached stations. Totally 11 polling stations attachments are estimated.
According to the legislation, the accused and persons convicted of less serious crimes have the right to vote.
“I supported the better future of Georgia, stabile democratic development and better life for each citizen of Georgia,”-this statement was made by the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili at 24th polling station of 4th district of Saburtalo. He made his choice with his family members.
The Prime Minister congratulated elections day to Georgians and said that this is the most important day in several years.
“I supported the better future of Georgia, stabile democratic development and better life for each citizen of Georgia, more European future and economy development,”-he said.
According to the President of Georgia, by rejecting participation in election people punishes itself and its country, deprive right of managing democratic and political process.
Giorgi Margvelashvili called to the society to form some criteria according programs of political parties and make a decision for elections.
“I will consider the foreign course, economical program and attitude to court reforms of political party to make a decision. These 3 is most important criteria for me,”-the President of Georgia said. Giorgi Margvelashvili made an advice to political parties to live in villages in this period because as he said, there are a lot of problems in regions.
The President of Georgia held a public lecture on the importance of elections, voter turnout and civic duties in Akhaltsikhe, Samtskhe-Javakheti State University. Giorgi Margvelashvili was hosted by the Rector Merab Beridze. They discussed projects financed by reserve funds of President of Georgia.
According to the Presidential Administration, in the frames of collaboration memorandum, Internetization of academic and administrative corpuses has made since 2014. Medical conference was also hold.
According to reports, Giorgi Margvelashvili answered student’s questions on Euro Integration of Georgia, attitudes to the electoral process, activeness of President in pre election period and project implemented and planned by him.
Candidate for majority deputy of United National Movement Petre Tsiskarishvili blames Georgian Dream on false promises. According to him, there is no general criteria of fast development and the promise of Georgian dream on 4% growth is false.
“The budget of 2017 is mismatches the promises Georgian Dream presented in pre election period. There is no general criteria of fast development but Georgian Dream talks about minimum 708% growth. In case of effective government 10-12%growth is also possible but Georgian Dream is not effective,”-Petre Tsiskarishvili said.
According to the information of United National Movement, if the results are unsatisfactory in elections for Georgian Dream, the former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvli will leave Georgia. As Nika Melia and Giga Bokeria said, the information is trusted.
“Bidzina Ivanisvhili has met with his nearest surroundings in informal format and said: if the results are unsatisfactory in parliamentary elections, he will leave Georgia. In our opinion, despite Ivanishvili regressed practically all of the sectors in our country, it will be too unfavorable if he really leaves Georgia after the elections,”-Giga Bokeria and Nika Melia said.
The new political centre Girchi has left Paata Burchuladze-State for People. The special briefing was hold yesterday.
“While this important issue will become a theme of political manipulations we want to explain to our supporters. Girchi made a decision to leave election block Platform Paata Burchuladze State for People. This is too difficult but needful process because there are a lot of problems in this block. Girchi has its own principles and there is a line we will not ever cross. We will meet next elections,”-its’ said in the statement.
Only the way of coming to power is through the ballot box, all other methods are illegal –this statement made the US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly.
According to him, all of us should highlight free and fair election process. All the right should be protected.
“Only the way of coming to power is through the ballot box, all other methods are illegal,”-he said. According to Ian Kelly, any kind of intimidation of the political parties or the government is totally unacceptable.
Leading members of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly election observation mission to the 8 October parliamentary elections in Georgia today concluded a three-day visit to the country, noting the active participation of many parties in the campaign.
OSCE parliamentarians will observe the upcoming parliamentary elections in Georgia and provide leadership for the OSCE’s short-term observer mission.
OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Frank-Walter Steinmeier has appointed Ignacio Sanchez Amor (MP, Spain) as Special Co-ordinator to lead the short-term OSCE observer mission for the 8 October vote. Guglielmo Picchi (MP, Italy) will serve as Head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegation, which will include almost 40 observers from 17 OSCE participating States.
“I’m pleased to see that Georgian politics are as active as ever, with a range of parties putting forward their platforms and competing for voters,” Special Co-ordinator Sanchez Amor said. “Almost all those we met with remarked that campaigning was more free and open than the previous parliamentary elections. I hope that this will continue, and our assessment of the elections will take close note of any developments.”
The delegation noted the active competition between parties, including political parties that have long been in politics, as well as new entrants to the political scene. While most interlocutors noted a polarized campaign environment, it was reported to be less tense than the previous parliamentary elections. The delegation took note of allegations of instances of intimidation and disruptions to campaigning, and called on all stakeholders to exercise restraint. They encouraged stakeholders to make use of official procedures for complaints and investigation of any campaign incidents.
“Everyone we met welcomed the strong atmospheric change since the 2012 elections and I hope that this opportunity for debate on the future of Georgia will be fully seized. This country has many challenges remaining, and politicians must avoid increasing tensions, and instead present real forward-looking options to the voters,” said Picchi.
They welcomed the general confidence in the work of the Central Election Commission, and stressed that observers would be closely monitoring the performance of precinct and district election commissions particularly on election day. The delegation expressed concern that sharp rhetoric about the conduct of the elections by electoral contestants might undermine public confidence in the system.
“The active and diligent work also of experienced civil society groups is an additional important contribution to the electoral process. They add crucial transparency to the process that will be helpful particularly to parties in the coming weeks and on election day. I welcome and encourage efforts to reach agreement among parties on campaign conduct, including through a code of conduct,” said Secretary General Montella.
The delegation met with the President of Georgia, members of the Central Election Commission, and with representatives from major political parties, observers from the OSCE/ODIHR, civil society representatives, as well as members of the diplomatic community in Tbilisi.
Special Co-ordinator Sanchez Amor serves as Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s human rights committee and as Head of the Spanish Delegation to the Assembly. He has extensive experience in election observation, including having led missions in Turkey and Kyrgyzstan.
Guglielmo Picchi, who will lead the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegation of observers, is the Vice-Chair of the Assembly’s political affairs committee. He has observed more than 20 elections in the OSCE region.
The OSCE PA observers work closely with observers from the OSCE/ODIHR, as well as with parliamentary observers from the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the European Parliament.
The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly previously observed parliamentary elections in Georgia in 2012, 2008, 2004, 2003, 1999 and 1995, as well as presidential elections in 2013, 2008, 2004, and 1995.
For more information about the OSCE PA's election monitoring work in Georgia, click here.