EU satisfied with quality of Georgian elections

Exit polls will reveal preliminary results at 8pm today. Photo by Nino Alavidze/, 18 Jun 2014 - 12:20, Tbilisi,Georgia

The European Union has assessed Sunday’s local government elections in Georgia as "a further step in the continued democratic development” of the country.

"The elections were marked by improvements in electoral processes and an increased participation of women,” the EU wrote in a special statement, released yesterday on its website.

But at the same time, the organisation said concerns still remained about campaign-related intimidation and violence.

"There must be no tolerance for violence or intimidation in the days leading up to the runoffs that are now scheduled to take place in a number of municipalities,” the EU said.

The EU said an "accountable Government and constructive opposition” were important features of a functioning democratic society, and called on all sides to work together as new local administrations formed. This would be in the best interests of Georgia.

"We commend the Central Elections Commission and local civil society organisations for their important contribution to the electoral process,” the statement read.

"The European Union looks forward to continuing its close cooperation with the Georgian Government."