US Senator Shaheen: Georgian election day ‘well administered,’ but elections not only election day

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen said that she was concerned by allegations of voter intimidation, vote-buying and pressure on voters during the October 2 municipal elections in Georgia. Photo: Getty Images., 06 Oct 2021 - 14:12, Tbilisi,Georgia

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen says that she was happy that the Georgian October 2 municipal election day was ‘well-administered and peaceful,’ but added that elections are not only about election day itself. 

She told Voice of America that the Georgian government will not be able to avoid allegations of intimidation, vote-buying, pressure on candidates and voters during the elections. 

Shaheen says that the Georgian people deserve free and fair elections. 

The US and EU embassies have stated that the elections were generally well administered, but were characterised by ‘hardened polarisation.’ 

They agreed with the preliminary findings of the OSCE/ODIHR and said that the contestants were able to campaign freely in a competitive environment, and that election day proceeded in an orderly and transparent manner.