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Georgian parliamentary elections was competitive with some flaws, - OSCE
20:47, 9 October 2016
Georgian parliamentary elections was competitive with some flaws, - OSCE

Local observing organisations state there were certain cases that must be investigated, and the Central Election Commission might annul the results on some polling stations

20:47, 9 October 2016

Georgia Today

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said on Sunday that parliamentary elections held in Georgia the previous day had been competitive and that fundamental freedoms had been generally respected.

"The 8 October elections were competitive, well-administered and fundamental freedoms were generally respected," - says OSCE official report published on October 9.

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"The calm and open campaign atmosphere was, however, impacted by allegations of unlawful campaigning and some incidents of violence. The election administration and the management of voter lists enjoyed confidence. The media is pluralistic, but some monitored broadcasters lacked balance in their campaign coverage. Debates offered a useful platform for contestants to present their views. Voting proceeded in an orderly manner, but counting was assessed more negatively due to procedural problems and increased tensions," - reads the report.

Violent attacks in two polling stations resulted in the destruction of polling materials, reported harm to citizen and international observers, stopping the counting process and eventual annulment of results.

Local observing organisations also state there were certain cases that must be investigated, and the Central Election Commission might annul the results on some polling stations.

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