Electoral Reform Gains Speed in Georgia

Feb 13, 2014

From Left to Right: Manana Kobakhidze, Vice Speaker of Parliament, Ambassador Philip Dimitrov, EU Delegation to Georgia, Niels Scott, Head of UNDP in Georgia, Donald Bisson, former Deputy Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

Tbilisi. The Government of Georgia, parliamentary and non-parliamentary opposition, civil society and international organizations join hands for the electoral reform. The conference focused on the OSCE/ODIHR recommendations made after the 2013 Presidential Elections and on the future steps in reforming the electoral legislation.

The conference was organized by the UNDP and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), with assistance from the European Union.

The event brought together representatives of the Georgian Parliament, Ministry of Justice, Central Electoral Commission, State Audit Office and the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC), as well as from political parties, civil society organizations, international agencies and diplomatic missions.

Head of UNDP in Georgia โ€“ Niels Scott, former Deputy Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission โ€“ Donald Bisson, Head of the EU Delegation to Georgia โ€“ Ambassador Philip Dimitrov, and the Vice Speaker of Parliament- Manana Kobakhidze, addressed the participants at the opening session.

Contact information

Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP Georgia, +599 196907, Sophie.Tchitchinadze@undp.org

Tamar Mikadze, EU Delegation to Georgia, +995 32 2943763, Tamriko.Mikadze@eeas.europa.eu

Thomas Rymer, OSCE/ODIHR, Thomas.Rymer@odihr.pl, +48 609 522 266

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