Key FindingsThe following key findings were identified during our research which covered the period between June 1 and November 1, 2017:Main Trends
At this point, from our observation, we can say that the 2017 local self-government elections were held in a largely peaceful environment, without serious incidents. Nevertheless, the election day showed a new problematic trend related to the control over the free expression of the will of voters.
At this point, from our observation, we can say that the 2017 local self-government elections are being held in a largely peaceful environment. The absolute majority of the electoral precincts, where our static observers are stationed, have been opened and closed on time.
In Tetritskaro electoral district all candidates (both Mayoral and city council) of election subject Bakradze, Ugulava - European Georgia officially withdrew their nominations leading to nullification of entire party list. The candidates said that they were planning to go abroad to study or work, therefore, could not take part in the elections.
Q: What type of administrative resources can be misused during electoral processes?
On June 15, the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) stated that TV company Rustavi 2 had violated the law by airing political advertising outside the election period. The case was precedential and the decision essentially prohibited all broadcasters from airing political ads outside election periods. The GNCC issued a simple warning to Rustavi 2, since this case was the first of its kind considered by the Commission.
Non-governmental organizations are responding to the draft law that was registered in the Parliament of Georgia on June 5 and which, along with other changes, envisages making an amendment to the rule of staffing of election commissions.