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Washington slapped Saakashvili’s wrist2010-06-03 23:37
The United States of America have commented upon the outcome of the local elections in Georgia. US Assistant Secretary of State Philip Crowley underlined that despite the positive tendencies in the organization of the elections, significant drawbacks that need to be eliminated in future were revealed in the course of the electoral process. Has Georgia passed the "democracy test", in Washington's opinion? Having congratulated the people of Georgia with the municipal elections, Crowley pointed at certain violations of Saakashvili's regime. "The same concern in respect of both the vote count process and the results announcement at some voting stations and in some regions was reported by
OSCE", - he stated. According to Crowley, the United States of America are inspired with the Georgian CEC's efforts; still, at the same time they agree with OSCE that significant drawbacks in the electoral system of the republic should be eliminated, ITAR-TASS reports.
At the beginning of the week, as soon as the elections results were summed up, the OSCE observers announced a number of violations. "There were systematic violations in some of the regions, for instance, there were several cases of casting additional ballot papers in ballot boxes, as well as the procedural violations during the vote count", - the organization's communiqué goes.
Later on, the international observers tried to mitigate the irregularities they had pointed at. The OSCE experts and their colleagues from European Union and the Council of Europe underlined that on the whole, the elections in Georgia went on in a democratic and transparent manner and there was some obvious progress compared to the previous elections.
"These local elections in Georgia are a stride towards the fulfillment of obligations undertaken before OSCE and they displayed profound progress", - the experts underlined. Among the drawbacks requiring elimination, the representatives of the western structures named only the imperfectness of the electoral legislation and the creation of equal conditions for all the voters.
However, the observers never paid attention to the serious infringements that are still mentioned by the opposition, such as the direct agitation on the day of the elections voiced by the Georgian leader Mikhail Saakashvili, the beating of an observer from non-governmental organization Association of Young Lawyers and the inconsistency between the number of the ballot papers and the number of the electors.