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Will the elections protected by UN have the expected outcome?2009-12-01 21:33
The idea promoted by leader of the Georgian Laborite Party Shalva Natelashvili as to holding the upcoming local and further elections under the aegis and severe control of United Nations while the country is ruled by Saakashvili was eagerly supported by all the oppositional forces that took part in the consultations held in the Laborites' office on Monday. The outcome of the meeting was commented upon by GeorgiaTimes correspondent in Tbilisi.
According to Natelashvili, he never invented the initiative: this is the way the elections were held in all the countries suppressed by totalitarian regime. He gave an example of elections held in Congo, Cambodia, Croatia and Afghanistan. At the same time, the leading Laborite of Georgia underlined that the situation in those countries was less complicated than that in today's Georgia.
The oppositionists did not arrive at any final decision on the issue during yesterday's meeting but they agreed to continue the consultations and develop the text of joint appeal to the United Nations with a request to supervise local elections in Georgia next spring, as well as further elections that will be scheduled and held during Mikhail Saakashvili's rule.
Besides, leaders of the opposition are sure that the more international organizations monitor the elections in Georgia, the more transparent and fair the elections will be.
As soon as Georgia obtained independence, the outcome of elections held there was constantly disputed. Some or other oppositional forces that failed to get sufficient number of votes announced the elections to be fixed.
The Laborites Party was especially active in this aspect: the party rebuked Eduard Shevardnadze's government and, later on, Mikhail Saakashvili's government more than once of "stealing votes" belonging to the Laborites.
Eduard Shevardnadze was accused of not letting the Laborites to the parliament, although Shalva Natelashvili served as a parliament delegate in two convocations, in 1992-1995 and 1995-1998.
As to Mikhail Saakashvili, after the local elections in 2002, Natelashvili once yielded him the post of chairman of Tbilisian Sacrebulo (City Assembly); however, a year and a half later he regretted what he had done and refused to support the Rose Revolution arranged by Saakashvili and his associates.
During the presidential elections held on 5 January 2008, Shalva Natelashvili competed with Saakashvili for presidency; still, he obtained less than 7 percent of votes, having occupied the fourth place and given way to Levan Gachechiladze and Badri Patarkatsishvili.