The more credible the eye is – see who observes the October 2 election
There are 9 days left before the elections. Despite the pandemic, there will be no shortage of international monitoring missions on 2 October. At the moment, 36 international and 75 domestic observer organizations are registered on the CEC website, with a total of more than 3,000 observers.
Unlike last year’s election, the pandemic did not change the mission plans of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). The mission opened its office on August 26th. The main team of 12 international experts works in Tbilisi. On September 2, 30 long-term observers arrived in Georgia and from September 4, they were deployed to different regions of Georgia to assess the pre-election process. According to Radio Liberty, on September 29, about 300 short-term observers are expected in Georgia to directly assess the voting and counting processes.
Which other organizations will observe the elections in Georgia? Read more in Lela Kunchulia’s article.
Varlam Goletiani is satisfied with the construction of Namakhvani HPP
Varlam Goletiani, the leader of the Rioni Gorge Defenders, is satisfied with the decision of the company Enka, according to which the construction of the Namakhvani HPP will be terminated and the contract with the country will be canceled. Speaking to Radio Liberty, Goletiani said that the termination of the contract does not help the government officials who were thinking of receiving personal benefits from the project.
“A whole bunch of officials in power are interested in this process financially. It will hit them directly. If Enka leaves, it will directly hit the people involved in corruption … The state, because the company remained a winner in all cases, “ – said Goletiani.
The company announced the termination of the contract yesterday after a long protest by activists. Later, a comment was spread from the Ministry of Economy, which revealed that the Ministry had already received information a month earlier that “Enka” was going to terminate the contract.
“We understand very well that this project is complex and thus, investors face many difficulties in implementing such a project. However, it is clear that the project is not simple, it has environmental, social and technical challenges, and thus it is the responsibility of both the government and the investor to re-examine the individual features of the project if necessary. ” – It is written in the statement.
Irakli Kobakhidze on Karl Hartzel’s statement: Diplomatic standards were missed
Irakli Kobakhidze, the leader of the Georgian Dream, responded to the statement by EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzel, saying that his statement “slightly deviated from diplomatic standards.”
We are talking about Karl Hartzel’s statement yesterday where he said that the Georgian ambassador to the EU was summoned to Brussels in connection with the SUS files. He told reporters that they take the issue seriously.
Recall that in the recently released records, ambassadors along with journalists, clerics and other citizens are also featured.
“It is absolutely natural that our friends are interested”– Irakli Kobakhidze said yesterday in response to Karl Hartzel. “Someone may be listening to someone illegally, they should be interested and even interested. It should be clear who reported what information, what was authentic, how true this information is.” He added.
UN General Assembly: European leaders criticize Lukashenko
The UN General Assembly continues in New York. Yesterday, the International Tribune was used by the Presidents of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia to criticize the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.
Polish President Andrzej Duda has called on the Belarusian regime to release all political prisoners in the country and to end the use of the migrant crisis for political purposes.
The President of Lithuania, Gitana Nauseda, recalled from the UN tribune the facts of persecution of civil society in Belarus and said that the Belarusian regime poses a threat to the international community.
Latvian President Egil Levits has called early elections the only way to ease the crisis in Belarus.
Yesterday, in parallel with the Assembly, President Levits met with the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili, who also arrived in New York to address the annual event.
“The meeting stressed the importance of supporting Latvia and consolidating the efforts of international partners in order to properly assess the progress made by Georgia at the forthcoming Eastern Partnership and NATO summits.” – We read in the information spread by the Government of Georgia.
The US condemns the attacks in Dmanisi and Rustavi
The US Embassy in Georgia has issued a statement on the attacks in Dmanisi and Rustavi. In it we read that “The United States condemns the violent, apparently politically motivated attacks that took place in Dmanisi and Rustavi yesterday. This and numerous reports of pressure and intimidation of opposition candidates across the country raise serious doubts about the government’s commitment to a safe election campaign and democratic elections.
Violence is unacceptable in any election campaign. “The government has a key responsibility to create an environment that protects human rights and ensures free, fair and competitive elections that voters can trust.”
In the statement of the embassy, we also read the call to the government and the opposition: “The Georgian government should redouble its efforts to ensure that candidates and their supporters are able to exercise their democratic rights to freedom of assembly and expression without the threat of intimidation, harassment or violence, and to take active steps to hold accountable those who violate the election.”
Bicycle factory in Tbilisi and the island in Batumi – pre-election promises of the parties
There are less than 2 weeks left before the self-government elections. Politicians hold pre-election meetings and make promises. RFE / RL has made political promises, some of which you have heard in previous elections, and some of which are unrealistic and populist.
Ruling party “Georgian Dream”
“Georgian Dream” is trying to convince voters that it will do everything it could not in 9 years and add old promises to new ones.
- The problems acknowledged by the Georgian Dream are poverty and unemployment. The formula of the government to fight them is as follows:
- 2.5 billion GEL to increase local production over the next three years. In total, 100 thousand new jobs should be created and up to 1300 new enterprises should be financed;
- 7 billion GEL should be spent on agriculture;
- By the end of 2025, all cities will have water 24 hours a day;
- Up to 1500 km of roads will be paved for the next 4 years;
- Imported goods slowly (deadline not specified) in full Will be replaced With locally produced products.
United Opposition – United National Movement, European Georgia, Time and Conch – More Freedom
These opposition parties consider the October 2 elections as a referendum on early parliamentary elections and act in concert. Promises are relatively less likely to be issued.
Their plans include:
- Forming a coalition government
- Tax cuts
- Reducing government and administrative resources
- Strengthen the country’s western course
- Exemption of the court from political influence
- Reform of law enforcement agencies
- Fight against corruption
Read more about Nastasia Arabic in the article.
“Holidays of Dead Souls” (directed by Keko Chelidze) is a documentary about 45-year-old musician Levan Svanidze, known to all who love Georgian alternative music of the 90s, especially the rock band “Amoral”, in which Levan played the bass guitar. I’m afraid the younger generation knows a lot about Levan, who still writes music. But “Holidays of Dead Souls” is not only a decent, but economically impoverished, portrait of a man, the authors should say that they managed to move from the concrete to the general, without losing contact with the concrete, which is not common in many documentaries.