A number of foreign dignitaries have assessed Georgia's parliamentary elections of October 31, which were held against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said his country is ready to continue supporting Georgia's Euro-Atlantic path.
????????congratulates #Georgia on conducting the parliamentary elections under the new electoral system and reminds that further efforts to address shortcomings are needed. We hope for continuation of important reforms & ready to continue supporting????????Euro-Atlantic path. @DZalkaliani https://t.co/YhC8G8FlSb— Linas Linkevicius (@LinkeviciusL) November 1, 2020
“This weekend marks an important democratic milestone for the people of Georgia”, General Philip M. Breedlove wrote on Twitter congratulating Georgia on the parliamentary elections.
This weekend marks an important democratic milestone for the people of Georgia - congratulations! The government has been given a mandate to strengthen ties with the US, NATO & Western allies. Looking forward to continued cooperation between our nations in the years to come ????????????????— GEN (R) Phil Breedlove (@PMBreedlove) November 1, 2020
CEPA Director for Democratic Resilience Corina Rebegea also tweeted that the ‘Georgian elections deemed [had been] generally free and fair, but power monopoly was not broken’.
Jonathan Katz is director of Democracy Initiatives and a senior fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) said the elections were ‘hotly contested’.
The election in Georgia w/challenge of COVID19 was hotly contested. I see mixed reviews - with some real concerns - regarding electoral challenges/problems being discussed post #Georgia’s election today. That does not mean the CEC numbers are not correct. https://t.co/epAsTEwZyo— Jonathan Katz (@JonDKatz) November 1, 2020
The European Delegation to Georgia also shared remarks of its diplomatic watch teams comprised of various European embassies in Georgia.
Meanwhile, earlier today, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) said in its preliminary statement that 'Georgia’s parliamentary elections were competitive and, overall, fundamental freedoms were respected”.