Election process assessment (07:00-12:00)
At this point, from our observation, we can say that the runoff of the 2016 elections is going peacefully. All of the precincts where our observers are stationed have opened on time.
For this moment, there are up to 30 insignificant and relatively serious violations. Throughout the day, we filed 6 complaints. These are several relatively serious violations:
As it was the case during the first round, there were cases of party representatives in the electoral connection, especially Members of the United National Movement, refusing to participate in the ballot box draw process. These cases were observed in the following precincts:
· Mtatsminda, district - 8, precinct - 10.1
· Samgori, district - 71, precinct - 13.06
· Krtsanisi, district - 9, precinct - 07.04
· Batumi, district - 10, precinct - 69.79
· Gori, district - 35, precinct - 41.32
In Baghdadi, district - 13, precinct - 51.52, as well as in Rustavi, district - 24, precinct - 30.20, our observers were not allowed into the polling station until the election commission was contacted. The reason was that their badges did not display the precinct number where the observer was stationed. Moreover, in Zugdidi, district - 31, precinct - 65.67, the electoral commission chairperson demanded a new badge and refused to register our observer.
In Batumi, district - 65, precinct - 69.79 the overseer of the ballot box was agitating for a political party. Our observer has expressed concern in this regard and the chairperson of the commission temporarily changed the commission member.
In Marneuli, district - 27, precinct - 36.22 a citizen with an expired ID was allowed to cast a vote. Our observer has filed a complaint.
In Marneuli, district - 18, precinct - 36.22 from 08:00 to 9:00 the observers were unjustly limited in their rights, they were asked to hold a distance and the members of the commission were aggressively disposed towards the observers. At this same precinct around 08:00 there were unsanctioned individuals present which were driven out by the chairperson after a brief verbal confrontation.
In Mtskheta, district - 44, precinct - 37.27, the observer from Monitoring Centre - Mediatori was asking the name, surname, ID number and birthday from a citizen. After our observer notified the chairperson of the commission, the commission chairperson dismissed the observer from the polling station.
In Tbilisi, district - 32, precinct - 18.09, the aggressive behavior the representative of United National Movement prompted the commission chairperson to break down into tears. This incident resulted in an environment where the rest of the commission members were unable to duly perform their duties. Our observer and the representative of the Central Election Commission noted that if further incidents followed, the police would be called. At this point, the situation is calm.
In Sagarejo, district - 38, precinct - 23.11, the mobile ballot box was brought to a residence but the citizen was not allowed to cast a vote, since he was on his feet, could walk and looked healthy. The mobile ballot box was brought back to the polling station, but after our indication was once again taken out to the voter, but once again he was denied to cast a vote. Notably, the voter then arrived to the polling station, but was told he should have voted by the mobile ballot box, and was denied the vote again.
On election day TI Georgia will hold another press conference at 19:30 in order to present preliminary assessments of election day developments. Final assessment will be provided on October 31 at 11:30. Additional statements will be made upon necessity.