The Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sofio Katsarava and the Chair of the Committee on European Integration, Tamar Khulordava along with the Ambassadors of Estonia, Sweden, Lithuania and Latvia visited the Tech Park.
According to Ms. Katsarava, Tech Park, as the Centre for Innovations and Technologies of Georgia, allows establishment of new technologies as on local so on global markets and is competitive. “I had the greatest desire to introduce our innovative project to the Ambassadors, which was established in capacity of Tech Park in Georgia. It is an effective platform for realization of creative ideas, which is important for stimulation and motivation of our new generations. We also considered the visit of the Chairmen of the Parliaments of NB8 states scheduled in spring in Georgia”.
According to her, Tech Park is as well now operating in Zugdidi and will be further extended.
Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Nodar Javakhishvili inspected water supply system rehabilitation in Zugdidi. Centralized water supply system was not existed in Zugdidi. After finishing the work the problem will be resolved and the residents of Zugdidi will be provided with 24 hours, a steady water supply.
Under the project construction of the water supply distribution network, pumping stations and reservoirs is ongoing. Also, there will be arranged main pipeline for water supply.
Construction of water supply system is financed by the Asian Development Bank. The project, which cost more than 84 million GEL, will be completed in December 2018.
Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia presented to the media representatives the preliminary results of second round Parliamentary Elections conducted through majoritarian contest.
“Second round elections and vote counting process is completed. Elections were held in a peaceful environment and the voters were able to freely express their will,” stated Tamar Zhavnia at the news briefing. Mrs. Zhvania singled out certain cases and noted that generally, the process was transparent and the voters cast their vote in a free environment without delay.
“I would like to thank each voter since they showed high civic responsibility and participated in the second round elections. I would also like to thank each representative of Election Administration (EA) for their work. They did their best to provide the voters with a high level service and organized the elections on a professional manner. I would like to thank all electoral stakeholders, international and local observer organizations, since they along with us contributed to the transparent election processes.
As for the preliminary results, on October 30 from 22:00 the CEC started uploading the summary protocols on the official web-page results.cec.gov.ge. Livestreaming was ensured through the 360 degree video camera and broadcasted via social networks and the CEC webpage enabling everyone to observe the election results’ counting process at the CEC. By 24:00, October 30, the CEC operators have counted and processed more than 50% out of all summary protocols (according to the 1250 election precincts). The CEC simultaneously was publishing the preliminary results of second round elections of Mayor of Akhaltsikhe and second round Extraordinary Elections of Gamgebelis in Zugdidi, Kharagauli and Bolnisi as well as Sakrebulo By-elections at Lagodekhi and Senaki municipalities,”- noted the CEC Chairperson.
Tamar Zhvania informed journalists about the preliminary results of the elections conducted through majoritarian contest, covering all 50 majoritarian elections districts (out of 2 229 election precincts). Mrs. Zhvania also updated the media on the second round Extraordinary Elections of Mayor of Akhaltsikhe and Sakrebulo By-elections of Lagodekhi and Senaki municipalities.
Tamar Zhvania talked about the complaints and noted that 195 complaints were filed on E-day at DEC level based on the data provided on October 30. “According to the legislation, there is still time to submit the complaints, however, it should be mentioned that most of the complaints refer to the technical-procedural issues and what is more, majority of them requests imposing the disciplinary liability measures.
It is highly important, that the process of discussing the complaints is conducted transparently and in line with the legislation, and after completing all the essential processes no later than 11th day respective DECs will summarize the results of the elections at majoritarian election districts, while the CEC no later than 19th day will summarize the results of the 8 October elections and second round elections conducted on October 30”, - stated Tamar Zhvania.
National Movement majoritarian candidate in Zugdidi will not take part in the second round of elections. As Sanda Roelofs said, participation in the second round of the unfair elections is insulting. She thanked to voters for their votes and said that votes were stolen not only on 8 of October but 22 of October as well.
“Everyone knows that I won the first round, so it's insulting for me to take part in the second round of this unfair election. I think I should not take part in the second round. First of all, very bad, criminal, pressing conditions are created in Zugdidi and do not want these people to have more problems. I know that I am the winner,"- she stated.
According to information provided by the Public Defender's election monitors, incidents occurred in some regions of Georgia during counting of votes in polling stations, as a result of which, some individuals were affected and property was damaged. Physical confrontation took place on the territory of Kutaisi’s No 90 polling station; some persons were affected. Unknown individuals broke into the 79th and 108th polling stations in the village of Jikhashkari, Zugdidi. Polling stations were vandalized, equipments were damaged, ballot boxes were broken, several people were affected, including local and international observers; a large number of supporters of the United National Movement and the Georgian Dream started to mobilize near the Marneuli district commission that includes danger that clashes may take between them. Ballots were brought to the yard of Marneuli district election commission from local polling stations that are under threat of being damaged. Supporters of the same parties are being mobilized near Batumi’s 1st polling station and there is danger of confrontation.
I appeal to the representatives of election entities and political parties to do everything to maintain peace; to urge their supporters to refrain from violence and not to forget that the state interests are more important than any political interest.
I appeal to the police: the state is responsible for the protection of safety of citizens of Georgia and all persons on the territory of Georgia; the police are obliged to ensure safety of every person, investigate each case of violence and bring offenders to justice. I call on the law enforcement agencies not to leave reports about any possible confrontation without attention, to respond immediately to any incident and take all possible preventive measures to avoid violence.
It should be noted that the Government has a primary responsibility for the conduct of peaceful elections. Ineffective response to the incidents of Zugdidi, Kortskheli and Didinedzi in the recent period may be one of the causes for the wave of violent acts that are taking place tonight. Similar information casts a shadow on the overall election process. Prevention of future, greater damage will be possible only if the law enforcement system manages to defuse tension at the very beginning and ensure adequate and fastest response to the occurring incidents.
Mikheil Janelidze has met the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced PersonsTuesday, 27 September 2016 13:30
According to UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Chaloka Beyani, Georgia has made progress in terms of improving the living conditions of internally displaced persons.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Chaloka Beyani, who arrived in Georgia for an official visit on 26 September 2016.
Mikheil Janelidze provided the UN Special Rapporteur with detailed information on the difficult human rights situation in Georgia’s occupied regions emphasizing the importance of international monitoring mechanisms for assessing the situation in the Abkhazian and Tskhinvali regions.
The UN Special Rapporteur highlighted the progress Georgia has achieved over the past few years in terms of providing appropriate facilities for internally displaced persons.
„Progress has been made since last year on the issue of housing and moving forward with the IDP law” - Chaloka Beyani said.
The sides reaffirmed the importance of the international community’s role in safeguarding the universally recognized human rights of refugees and internally displaced persons, which, first of all, implies creating relevant conditions for their safe and dignified return to the places of origin and for the protection of their civil, economic and cultural rights.
According to the UN Special Rapporteur, prior to his visit to Georgia he appealed for access to Georgia’s occupied territories but was denied. Within the framework of the visit, Chaloka Beyani will visit the villages across the occupation line and will meet the local population. He will also arrive in Zugdidi where he will visit a new settlement of internally displaced persons.
There was an incident in Zugdidi during the meeting with the Majoritarian Candidate of National Movement in Zugdidi Sandra Roelofs.
According to the local media, Sandra Roelofs was holding a meeting with locals in Jikhashkari Village when the youth group began shouting: “organ trader.” The group left the territory after that.
According to National Movement this incident is in connect with the government.
The officers of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Police Department of the MIA as a result of operative-investigation activities detained Maia B. (D.o.B.: 1968) and Nana Sh. (D.o.B.: 1980) in Zugdidi for attempted swindling.
Investigation established that the detainees deceived one of the refugees as if they had an influential acquaintance at the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees who would assist him in receiving an apartment. For the mentioned favor detainees demanded and extorted 2000 USD from the refugee.
Law enforcers detained Maia B and Nana Sh in several minutes from the moment of extortion money. Police seized 2000 USD as evidence during personal search of Maia B. Both of the detainees have already pleaded guilty.
The Government of Georgia will buy a house to the family of Giga Otkhozoria. According to the Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia Sozar Subari, the government of Georgia offered to five-children family will receive a house. They hire an accommodation now. They prefer a house in Zugdidi then an apartment there.
“We met the family of Giga Otkhozoria. We offered several options and they chose a house in Zugdidi,”-Sozar Subari said.
In the framework of the meeting, representatives of the Central Government of Georgia discussed the issue of murder of the Georgian citizen Giga Otkhozoria in the village of Khurcha, Zugdidi District, by the so-called “border guards” deployed along the occupation line.
Georgian side demanded the occupation forces and DE facto government to extradite the person accused in murder to Georgia in order to bring him to Georgian justice. Representatives of the Central Government shared the materials of the case, in particular, DNA, ballistics and forensic medical examination results.
The discussions were also held on illegal detentions of citizens of Georgia on “so-called” border crossing charges, as well as so-called “borderisation” process, which causes serious problems to local population both on the occupied territories and on the territories controlled by the Central Government of Georgia.
Georgian side also raised the issue of illegally detained Georgian citizen Giorgi Lukava.