Election commission member who accused GD of vote-rigging denies pressure on her after going missing for days

The Central Election Commission (CEC) reported a total of 219 formal complaints about municipal election run-offs in Georgia, while it received 133 complaints overall from representatives of election participants. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 04 Nov 2021 - 11:14, Tbilisi,Georgia

An election commission member of the Kutaisi No. 90 polling station, Iza Chirgadze, who claimed that she was forced by the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party to give ballot papers to unregistered voters on election day - October 30 - denies pressure was put on her, noting that she was not in any danger, after having been missing for the last two days. 

Chirgadze explained that she was in a village helping a relative, following questioning by the police yesterday. 

I was not in any danger. No threats, no pressure and no abduction took place. I was with family members,” Chirgadze said. 

She also noted that she did not want to be bothered by anyone, therefore switched her phone off. 

The International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) offered Chirgadze legal assistance yesterday.