According to our observation, at this time the 2018 Presidential Elections are being held in a largely peaceful environment. Vast majority of the electoral precincts, where our static observers are stationed, have been opened on time.
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Transparency International Georgia (TI Georgia) will deploy 350 observers to monitor the October 28 Presidential Elections. Our static observers will cover 300 precincts throughout the country. In addition, 45 mobile groups will also be involved in election observation.
TI Georgia has been monitoring campaign revenues and expenditures of the presidential candidates running in the 2018 election. In the reporting period of 1 August to 15 October 2018, this effort has revealed several key findings:
Monitoring of 2018 Presidential Elections, conducted by TI Georgia from June 1 to October 20, revealed several negative trends in terms of misuse of administrative resources.
Employees of non-profit (non-commercial) legal entities of municipalities are possibly instructed to mobilize supporters of Salome Zurabishvili
Observers of the organizations have reported that in several regions municipal officials are instructing directors and employees of non-profit (non-commercial) legal entities that receive funding from the Budget to mobilize supporters of Salome Zourabishvili and to provide certain individuals with lists of potential supporters.
Monitoring of free political ads for the October 28 Presidential Elections aired on Georgian TV channels revealed alleged violation of Georgian legislation. The content of free ads of four qualified political parties seems to be aimed at promoting Grigol Vashadze, a presidential candidate. Such an action can be considered a political donation in favor of Vashadze. However, the Georgian legislation does not allow political parties to donate.