"Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia”
856638
46.94%
“United National Movement”
477053
26.14%
IATF Recommendations September 2, 2013

 

The Interagency Task Force for Free and Fair Elections (`IATF`) created under the Ministry
of Justice of Georgia, being responsible to support the conduct of Presidential Elections of
2013 in a transparent and fair environment, and thus to prevent the violations of electoral
legislation of Georgia by public officers and to respond to such violations, gives
recommendations to:

1. bodies of local authorities:

a. To refrain from terminating any agreement signed with local media outlets during
the run-up to the elections, including any, inter alia, legitimate grounds, so that it is
not perceived as an attempted restriction of the media before the elections.

b. To support free functioning of media outlets as much as possible, so that the
population can have access to comprehensive information, as much as possible,
about the candidates participating in the elections, also, about other important issues
related to the voters rights and the elections.

2. bodies of central and local authorities:

To issue detailed and clear explanatory notes for civil servants employed within their
structures about what they are authorized and forbidden to do during the elections, on the
polling day and before summarizing/announcing the final results of the elections; what
sanctions have been envisaged for violating the statutory requirements, and how protected
the freedom and secrecy of their choices are.

The IATF welcomes such clarifications made by the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of
Finance for their civil servants, and considers it worthwhile to disseminate such
clarifications within other public agencies.

3. Political parties participating in the elections and election subjects:

To ensure internal discipline and respect to the law within the party, and to encourage their
members and activists to refrain from disturbing other political parties in organizing their
election events. Every citizen has the right to express protest and/or dissatisfaction with any
political party or politician, but freedom of expression and freedom of assembly should stay 2
within the limits of the law; the form of protest should not distort the public order, neither
should it prevent a political party/politician from carrying out their election campaigns.
In this respect, the IATF welcomes the decision of the Georgian Dream to expel those
members from the party, who physically insulted participants of the primary of the United
National Movement in Zugdidi. There is an important statement of the party that they will
take strict measures if such aggressive actions take place again.

4. Bodies of local authorities:

To refrain from important changes in personnel during the elections, among them, from
dismissing leadership (Gamgebelis, Heads of Sakrebulos), including via impeachment, so
that it is not perceived as dismissal of civil servants because of political considerations and
as an attempt to affect the elections results.

5. Prosecutor’s Office:

The IATF reminds the prosecutorial bodies of the recommendation issued for the byelection of 2013, according to which it is desirable:

a. to refrain from interrogations for investigative purposes until the polling day, except
for the cases where there is a high public interest in the case, or there is a risk of
violating of statutory time-limits for investigation;

b. to refrain as well from interrogations of those party members of a respective election
district/precinct headquarters, who are directly involved in the election campaign.
The list of these people should be submitted to the IATF by the candidate’s party /
election block / initiative group of voters. Number of the people in the list should be
reasonable and realistic, so that such a list not be a tool for avoiding or disturbing
investigative measures.

Conduct of the Presidential Election in a maximally democratic environment is a very
important priority stated by the country. Correspondingly, the IATF does not limit its
recommendations only to the observance of statutory requirements; it therefore encourages
all the public agencies and their civil servants to observe highest standards of fairness and
transparency.

 

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