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Monitoring the Georgian elections

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Monitoring the Georgian elections


A group of observers from the European parliament are in Mtskheta, the former capital of the Ancient Kingdom of Georgia, to monitor the electoral process. There they witnessed a dispute among the members of the local polling commission regarding the voting rules and process in the Caucasus country.

Edit Herczog MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats explained what problems she faced on the morning of the vote.
“First of all it was not very clear to anybody who is responsible for the different jobs that the election committee must carry out. The roles had to be identified before. We noticed that they had not counted the number of voters on the list, which is done in other elections. It is necessary for the vote and also to provide figures on the turnout.”

3.6 million Georgians go to the polls in an election that has 1,641 international observers, according to the country’s electoral commission. This figure represents a ratio of about one observer to every employee of the voting administration.

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