EU on election run-offs: well-run, competitive, polarized but serious issues persist

The EU says that shortcomings reported during the first round of Georgian municipal elections have not been addressed and re-emerged during the run-offs. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 01 Nov 2021 - 11:02, Tbilisi,Georgia

The EU delegation to Georgia says that the October 30 municipal election run-offs in Georgia were generally well administered, the campaign was competitive, but that serious issues persist with an escalation of ‘negative rhetoric, persistent allegations of intimidation and pressure on voters and sharp imbalances in resources, which benefited the ruling party and tilted the playing field.’ 

The EU says that the elections were a ‘missed opportunity’ to address the shortcomings reported during the first round of the elections on October 2. 

On the contrary, further shortcomings have emerged, especially in terms of misuse of administrative resources and violent rhetoric by Georgia’s political leaders, further fuelling an already deep political polarisation,” said the statement. 

The EU has called on all parties to stay engaged in the electoral process, stating that the public trust in its integrity requires an ‘inclusive, credible and transparent’ recount process and ‘fair adjudication’ of complaints and appeals.