The Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will observe the October 2 self-government elections in Georgia on the invitation of the Georgian government in 64 municipalities of the country.
The mission involves 18 congress observers from 15 countries and is chaired by David Eray from Switzerland.
The Council of Europe Congress will observe the elections in the country along with the OSCE/ODIHR and the European Parliament.
The congress delegation will meet with the Head of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia Giorgi Kalandarishvili and the Deputy Minister of Justice and Head of Inter-Agency Task Force for Free and Fair Elections Tornike Cheishvili as part of preparatory meetings.
The representatives of the mission will also meet with diplomatic corps, domestic and international NGOs and media outlets on September 30 and October 1 before the deployment of the mission on the ground.
A few days are left before the self-government elections in Georgia where over 3.4 million country’s citizens will be able to elect mayors and members of local councils in various cities of Georgia. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.
The preparatory program of the Congress will also include meetings with the candidates of the local elections and political party representatives.
The mission will be concluded by a joint press conference with OSCE/ODIHR and the European Parliament on Sunday, 3 October 2021, at 15:00, at the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace,” the official statement of the Council of Europe says.
A total of nine teams will be deployed by the mission in various cities and rural areas of Georgia.
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities has conducted almost 100 election observation missions since 1990.
Overall 71 local and 33 international organisations will observe the elections in the country in three days.