GYLA, ISFED report vote-buying, threats from ruling party coordinators, activists

Only ruling party majoritarian candidates are participating in the run offs as opposition politicians are boycotting the election.  Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 21 Nov 2020 - 19:27, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) and International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) have reported election violations in a number of majoritarian constituencies during the second round of parliamentary elections in Georgia.

Despite the noncompetitive second round, control of voters’ will remains a challenge like it was in the first round”, GYLA has announced. 

GYLA further state that alleged ruling party activists and coordinators who are mobilised in the precincts 'create an environment of psychological pressure on voters’. It also said that their observers were prevented to fulfil their duties and threatened with health damage at two districts. 

Meanwhile ISFED - which is observing the second round of parliamentary elections with 35 mobile groups - said that despite ‘a very low’ voter turnout, the ruling party coordinators are mobilised at various precincts, where they have observed alleged cases of vote-buying and election carousel.