IRI publishes final report on Georgian parliamentary elections

Drawing from expert observations before, during and after Election Day, IRI has released its final report informed by six long-term analysts deployed to Georgia between September and November 2020. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 11 Mar 2021 - 21:23, Tbilisi,Georgia

The International Republican Institute (IRI), which conducted a Technical Election Assessment Mission (TEAM) during Georgia’s 2020 national parliamentary elections last year, has published its final report today. 

The report, which is based on observation of six long-term analysts (LTAs) deployed in Tbilisi between September and November 2020, says that ‘the pre-election period was by-and-large peaceful and politically competitive, with few incidents of violence’. 

Political parties and candidates ‘were able to organise and campaign freely and citizens had access to a variety of political news media and information’. 

However, ‘an insufficient number of substantive candidate debates and a highly polarise media environment meant election content centered on personalities and rhetoric rather than policies and citizen concerns’.