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The election in May must be held in free and democratic environment - Saakashvili2010-02-27 11:13
The upcoming elections of local authorities in end May, including Tbilisi Mayor elections, must be held in free and democratic atmosphere, said Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, presenting the report in the Parliament last evening - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"I promised that the Tbilisi mayoral elections would be direct - The Tbilisi mayoral elections and other local elections are scheduled for May 30 this year; the citizens of Tbilisi for the first time will elect the mayor of the capital directly," he said.
"This is a crucial milestone towards the democratization of Georgia. This milestone is even more astonishing when you think that right up until 2003, the mayors of Tbilisi and Poti and the governors of all districts were appointed by the President," Saakashvili highlighted.
He added the elections would be an important test for democracy and civic culture.
"I want to categorically warn all state officials that they must ensure that the elections are held in a free and democratic environment," he announced.
The President also underlined the inadmissibility of administrative resource use and proposed to hold elections in the way to let the defeated wish the winner success and behave like civilized opponents.
He also highlighted the establishment of the Constitutional Commission with participation of opposition; improvement of the Electoral Code, and increased trust to the judicial system as important examples of democratic development of Georgia.