Int’l observers: local elections in Georgia competitive, but marred by allegations of pressure on voters, vote-buying

The international election observation mission to the Georgian local elections said that the elections were centred on national political issues due to a protracted political crisis overshadowing local issues. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 03 Oct 2021 - 17:26, Tbilisi,Georgia

“Georgia’s local elections were competitive and technically well administered, but marred by widespread allegations of electoral violations, vote-buying, and an unlevel playing field, as well as intimidation and pressure”, the international observers have stated today.

The joint observation mission from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and the European Parliament (EP), held a press conference in Tbilisi earlier today.