Transparency International Georgia’s Statement on Current Electoral Processes (07:00-19:30) - საერთაშორისო გამჭვირვალობა - საქართველო
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Transparency International Georgia’s Statement on Current Electoral Processes (07:00-19:30)

02 October, 2021

 

Transparency International Georgia’s observers have reported up to 140 insignificant and relatively serious violations during the day. We have filed 25 complaints. Noteworthy cases of serious violations are the following:

Alleged “Carousel”

At Electoral Precinct #13 of Marneuli’s #22 District Electoral Commission, an observer from the observing organization “Student Professional Union”, Tofig Akberov, cast his ballot twice. Commission members didn’t let him cast a vote for the third time. It is noteworthy that this person is not even on the voters list at this precinct, and is instead registered in another electoral precinct, namely #10. According to our observer, at the same precinct, another voter, Bakhlel Geseinov, and several other persons also cast their vote more than once. There is video evidence of Geseinov voting twice. Transparency International Georgia has requested for voting to be cancelled at this precinct.

Alleged voter bribery

Near the Electoral Precinct #1 of Dusheti’s #28 District Electoral Commission, our observer noticed one person handing out money and voting cards to three other persons.

Interfering and pressuring observers

  • At Electoral Precinct #50 of Akhalkalaki’s #40 District Electoral Commission, the members of the commission were drinking alcohol outside the precinct and were intoxicated. Our observer made a remark to the commission members. Due to this, our observer was kicked out of the yard and verbally insulted. Our observer called the police after this incident.
  • At Electoral Precinct #15 of Zugdidi’s #67 District Electoral Commission, a commission member did not allow our observer to cross-check an ID card with the voters list.
  • At Electoral Precinct #10 of Gldani’s #10 District Electoral Commission, the secretary refused to take in the complaint of our observer for some time. After the intervention of the District Commission, the secretary registered our observer’s complaint.
  • At Electoral Precinct #13 of Marneuli’s #22 District Electoral Commission, our observer was verbally insulted. At the same precinct, up to 50 people are mobilized in and outside of the precinct and there is huge tension.
  • At Electoral Precinct #6 of Telavi’s #17 District Electoral Commission, members of the commission were interfering with our observer in taking video, as well as refusing to accept a complaint.

Violating secrecy of vote

  • At Electoral Precinct #54 of Telavi’s #17 District Electoral Commission, a representative of the Georgian Dream - For Democratic Georgia, Eliar Khalilov, followed voters into the voting booth on several occasions on the grounds that they were visually impaired.
  • At Electoral Precinct #33 of Poti’s #70 District Electoral Commission, a representative from the observing organization “Green Earth” entered the voting booth with a voter. The Chairperson did not react to this violation.
  • At Electoral Precinct #43 of Dmanisi’s #24 District Electoral Commission,  one of the voters circled the candidate at the registration desk. The commission members did not intervene. Furthermore, one of the commission members at the same precinct was dictating a voter whom to vote for.
  • At Electoral Precinct #6 of Telavi’s #17 District Electoral Commission, a number of persons were standing within a 100-meter radius of the precinct, an observer from the observing organization “Centre for Research of Public Opinion” was following a voter into the voting booth. Our observer tried to videotape this fact, but the commission members interfered and threatened the observer with expulsion from the precinct. The observer passed a mobile phone to the voter once he couldn’t follow the voter into the voting booth.

Presence of unauthorized persons in the precinct

  • At Electoral Precinct #14 of Akhaltsikhe’s #37 District Electoral Commission, the Chairperson of the Sakrebulo Faction Georgian Dream - Industrialists, Giorgi Beroshvili, was registered as an observer from “Public Union - Georgia First” organization, which is a violation of law, as a member of Sakrebulo doesn’t have the right to be an observer from an observing organization.
  • At Electoral Precinct #41 of Kutaisi’s #59 District Electoral Commission, our observer noted a person in the precinct who was not there to vote nor authorized to be there. After our observer pointed this out, the Chairperson had the citizen leave the precinct.

Violating the 100-meter radius from the precinct

Party coordinators were observed outside of the precincts, including within the 100-meter radius. This is a violation according to new amendments to the Electoral Code. Our observers called the police when such incidents occurred, and in most cases the problem was resolved.

Other violations

  • At Electoral Precinct #124 of Kutaisi’s #59 District Electoral Commission, certain columns in all three summary protocols were filled in ahead of time, including voter turnout and signatures of 11 commission members.
  • At Electoral Precinct #37 of Kharagauli’s #48 District Electoral Commission, a voter registered on the mobile ballot box came to the precinct and was allowed to vote by signing in as another person on the list.
  • At Electoral Precinct #74 of Batumi’s #79 District Electoral Commission, a voter was allowed to cast their vote without going through the inking procedure.

About the Observation Mission

Transparency International Georgia (TI Georgia) deployed up to 300 observers to monitor the October 2 local self-government elections. Our static observers cover 200 precincts throughout the country. In addition, 40 mobile groups are involved in election observation.

TI Georgia will hold the final assessment of the elections monitoring on October 3 at 11:00. If you detect election-related violations please call us: 2 92 14 03.

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