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Shevardnadze calls on the international community to help Georgia hold election2012-09-24 12:25
On Monday, former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze called on the international community to help the country to hold fair parliamentary election on October 1, the VZGLIAD reported.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to Eduard Shevardnadze, after the scandal around the facts of tortures of prisoners in Georgian prisons, "destabilization is benefit for the authorities. Their goal is to disrupt the election. I hope they will fail".
Shevardnadze also expressed agreement with the protesters in the streets of Tbilisi and other cities, saying that the resignations of ministers of Corrections and Ministry of Interior Affairs - this is not enough, they should bear criminal responsibility. "They deserve the Hague Tribunal", he said.
Recall, as of September 22, 55 international and 50 local organizations will monitor the parliamentary election in Georgia, to be held on October 1. Their assessment will determine whether election is considered free and fair. To date, criticism of the observers concerns mainly the pressure on opposition and use of administrative resources.
Meanwhile, previously it was reported that members of the Public Chamber (PC) of Russia have failed to register observers at the presidential election in Georgia.
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.