EU ambassador welcomes changes to election code with caveat: ‘I’d have hoped to see more ambitious reforms’

 EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell has responded to the adoption of amendments to the election code yesterday. Photo: EU in Georgia press office., 03 Jul 2020 - 12:12, Tbilisi,Georgia

The EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell has welcomed amendments to the Georgian election code, which were passed in their third and final reading yesterday. 

However, Hartzell also stated he had hoped to see ‘more ambitious reforms including in key areas recommended by the OSCE/ODIHR’ for issues such as voter intimidation, dispute resolution and commission compositions. 

Hartzell said that the election reform package approved yesterday was the result of a process that started more than one year ago and which the EU delegation has actively supported.