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Georgian journalists outraged at restriction on the election

2012-09-27 12:22

Restrictions on the photo and video shooting at the polling stations, introduced in Georgia six days before the parliamentary election by the CEC of the country, have caused dissatisfaction of a number of journalists, politicians and non-governmental organizations, the Rosbalt reported. The protesters said the ban was aimed at falsification of the election.


According to the decree of Georgian CEC, the entire period from the beginning of the voting process and till its completion, until the final report is ready, photos and video shooting will be carried out from special seats allocated by the Chairman of the Commission, and at a distance of three meters from the subject.

As reported by the RIA Novosti, the decree states that henceforth it's unacceptable to shoot materials which are not subject to disclosure, including the lists of voters.

The only exceptions are those moments when some persons holding political office, or party leaders come to the ballot station to vote, after which the equipment must be taken out of the voting space, or moved to special designated areas.

The decree was adopted by the Georgian CEC after a six-hour debate on the night of September 25.


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