PM: “October 8 elections mark milestone in democratic Georgia”

Prime Minister urged all people throughout the country to vote tomorrow for Georgia’s European future. Photo by Prime Minister’s press office., 07 Oct 2016 - 11:38, Tbilisi,Georgia

Several hours remain until one of the most important elections in Georgia takes place, says Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.

At today’s Governmental meeting, PM Kvirikashvili said the Parliamentary Elections will be a milestone in the history of democratic Georgia, and he stressed the importance of every person in Georgia voting in tomorrow’s elections and supporting Georgia’s European future.

First of all I would like to encourage all voters to attend the elections and vote for an even better, European Georgia, because that is our future,” Kvirikashvili stated.  

He believed tomorrow – Election Day – will pass in a "completely peaceful environment” and on Sunday, the people of Georgia will wake up in an even better country with more hope and opportunities.

I firmly believe that starting from October 9 residents of Georgia will live in an even better Georgia,” he said moments before today’s Governmental meeting.

PM urged citizens of Georgia to participate in the elections. Photo by Prime Minister's press office. 

Only a few hours separate us from when we hold an election that’s particularly important for the development of the country. These elections will mark a truly important step in the future of democratic Georgia.”

In his address Kvirikashvili stressed the importance of everyone respecting the rule of law and of the responsibilities of the police to ensure peace during and after the elections. 

I believe that the people of Georgia value the important steps taken in recent years to build a democratic state … [and] I am absolutely convinced that all [Ministry of Internal Affairs] employees will spare no effort to ensure peaceful, free elections in Georgia and to protect every vote and voter.”

Kvirikashvili briefly mentioned the unfortunate incident in central Tbilisi earlier this week when a car owned by an opposition United National Movement (UNM) party Member of Parliament exploded in the street. 

He stressed the act was totally unacceptable and those responsible for the car bomb would be punished "to the fullest extent of the law”. 

A truly saddening incident took place several days ago. An investigation into the case is continuing in full swing and the perpetrators of the crime will be punished to the fullest extent of the law, since this was an act directed against the state,” Kvirikashvili said. 

On a final note, Kvirikashvili said he looked forward to tomorrow’s election and he stressed the current authorities applied itself to ensure a competitive electoral environment, and this had been accepted and admitted by various international organisations.