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Russian observers were not allowed at the elections in Georgia2012-09-11 16:57
Members of the Public Chamber (PC) of Russia have failed to register observers at the presidential election in Georgia, the Izvestia reported.gt-en-newsitem-inside
A group of observers includes members of the PC Sergei Markov, Maxim Grigoriev and Alexander Sokolov. Election Commission of Georgia has officially denied to register Russian observers. Georgian officials motivated their position by the fact that the two countries have not yet established diplomatic relations.
Human rights activists believe that the refusal to register observers is connected to the fact that at the last presidential election in Georgia their group together with Ukrainian observers found a number of serious violations that proved the illegitimacy of the election process.
Another reason for the refusal, in the words of the PC member, is that Russian observers have raised the issue of the refusal to register well-known Georgian-Russian businessman Boris Ivanishvili at the election.
Now observers are preparing a number of requests to the international organizations, since they believe that the Georgian authorities have violated a number of rules of the world of law.
Meanwhile, the EU for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton noted in a joint statement that the parliamentary election in Georgia on October 1 would be "crucial" for the democratic development of Georgia and define "quality and intensity of relationship "between the EU and Georgia, the Newsland reported.
European politicians also expressed concern about the increasing polarization and tension in the Georgian society on the eve of the election. "In the first place, the elections should be based on the political programs and ideas", said in the statement.