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Russian FM: Georgian authorities allow violations during the election campaign2012-09-20 17:46
Georgian authorities are actively using administrative resources and allow other violations in the course of the election campaign ahead of parliamentary election, scheduled for the 1st of October. This was announced by the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich, the RIA Novosti reported.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"I won't be unfounded. This is quite clearly reflected in the findings of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which has expressed concern in connection, as they put it, with suspicious decisions on updating the national (election) legislation", he said.
Recall, earlier it was reported that members of the Public Chamber (PC) of Russia have failed to register observers at the presidential election in Georgia, the Izvestia reported.
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.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of State believes Georgia has competitive election campaign, said the Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Melia. "Despite some weaknesses in recent months, it is clear that a competitive campaign is being conducted", Melia said, evaluating pre-election situation in the country.
"Respect for the peaceful protest and freedom of assembly is a sign of democracy. All political parties, I met, say they can move around the country, hold election meetings, and deliver information to the voters. At the same time, all parties must renounce violence and initially avoid provocations", he added.