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European Union decided to conquer Georgia by quantity2010-04-16 15:26
European Union is ready to take an active part in monitoring the electoral process in Georgia and to provide support to the country in watching the local elections and media monitoring. As reported from Brussels, on May 30, on the day of elections, the voting process will be supervised by 1100 EU observers and lawyers from the International Society of Fair Elections and Democracy. Will they ensure the transparence of the electoral process in the republic?
One of these days, European Union informed the Georgian authorities of their observers' presence. It is notable that the letter from Brussels became an answer to the appeal of the Georgian government, which, by order of President Mikhail Saakashvili, asked EU to send its observers to monitor all the stages of the local elections scheduled for May, 30.
The letter of the European Union also says that the EU delegation and the representatives of the International Society of Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) will send 90 observers to Georgia two months before the elections, one person per one electoral district and one person to CEC. Besides, EU will realize the project of media monitoring aimed at the preparation of the Georgian experts in compliance with the international standards of resources development and monitoring capabilities. The results of the monitoring are going to be collected and discussed on Public Television once a week. The training for the Public TV journalists and editors will be continued with BBC's support.
Besides, the first group of long-term observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights started working today. According to the statement made by the mission representatives, they will perform the monitoring of both the pre-election campaign and the elections and the processes that will deploy after summing up the results of the voting.
One of these days, the Georgian media also reported that the government of the republic is going to establish a new Inter-Administration Team for Free and Fair Elections (IATF). The aim of the team is the improvement of coordination between various state administrations and ensuring a transparent and fair process of holding the local elections. The inter-administration team will comprise the representatives of MIA, MFA, Office of the State Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, as well as the National Security Council. They are expected to actively cooperate with the local and foreign observers, as well as all the interested parties, and answer the questions of the observing organizations and diplomatic missions.