US Embassy on municipal run-offs: positive steps forward were undermined by widespread violations

“The recent elections and Georgia’s deeply divisive political environment show much more work is urgently needed,” the US Embassy says. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 01 Nov 2021 - 14:07, Tbilisi,Georgia

The United States Embassy to Georgia has stated that electoral reforms made by Georgian politicians earlier this year have increased the transparency of the voting process –  emphasising, however, that ‘widespread violations adversely affected the ability of citizens to vote freely’ in local self-government elections in Georgia. 

The US Embassy has shared the evaluation of the OSCE/ODIHR, which says that ‘elections were generally calm and well-administered but allegations of intimidation and pressure on voters persisted.’