|GEORGIA UPDATE: International monitors assess May 21 elections|
|May 22, 2008|
May 22, 2008
International observers have said that the May 21 elections for the Georgian Parliament occurred under generally calm and democratic conditions, with relatively few complaints of irregularities.
II. STATEMENTS BY INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVERS
“I observed 10 precincts in Rustavi and several more in Tbilisi. The electoral laws were fulfilled to the last letter. Even though we expect so much more from a Georgian election than we do from our own elections, everything went smoothly. There was 100 percent transparency—if ever there was a transparent election, it was this one. I was also impressed by how well trained the people who worked in the election commissions were. The improvement has been very significant since January.”
“I observed many election precincts and witnessed no serious violations. The voting procedures were held calmly in every precinct I visited. I want to declare that the election process is well organized. At the same time, I want to call on every political party to stay calm. The vote tabulation process will be crucial.”
“The elections represented a clear improvement compared to the Presidential elections of January 2008. The Georgian authorities have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to a rule-based conduct of the elections. Despite a very short preparation time, they have succeeded in holding significantly well-run elections.
“The Secretary General of NATO declared after the Bucharest summit that NATO would observe the May 21 parliamentary elections and that Georgia would have a real chance to be granted MAP if the elections were held in a peaceful and democratic manner.
“The parliamentary elections are well organized and taking place in peaceful conditions. No violations have been detected. Let me congratulate the Georgian people for one more step toward democracy.”
“I observed 9 precincts and saw no problems either with voters, or with the opposition. The voting process is very calm.
“The parliamentary elections have been conducted democratically in Georgia.
“I want to underline that the parliamentary elections were held democratically in Georgia. The situation is calm in every precinct and the voting process has gone serenely. Let me congratulate the Georgian people on the very well organized elections.”
“The parliamentary elections were conducted democratically.
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