Tbilisi: U.S. will send volunteers’ group from OSCE (The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) which will monitor parliamentary elections on October 31.
U.S. state secretary Mike Pompeo’s relevant announcement was published by Georgian FM David Zalkaliani on Facebook.
,,Thank you for your recent letter and the official invitation to observe Georgia’s October 31 parliamentary election. We also recognize that Covid-19 logistical challenges could complicate efforts to organize a full-scale mission. The Department will seek U.S. volunteers to join the ODIHR mission’’, Pompeo wrote.
Besides that, he added that he appreciated Georgia’s efforts to hold transparent elections.
,,A level playing field; rigorous implementation of electoral reforms; and respect for human rights and the fundamental freedoms of expression, association, and assembly are vital – both on election day and in the pre- and post-election periods’’, Pompeo said.
As previously known, president of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili set October 31 as date of vote of Georgian parliament and Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara.