US Ambassador: Genuine competition is observed at Georgian elections
Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct. 1 /Trend N. Kirtskhalia/
The pre-election campaign in Georgia has been completed, so the voters can now make their choice, the US ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland reported to journalists on Monday at electoral district N 26, where he was observing the elections.
In the diplomat's words, genuine competition has been observed at the elections.
"In spite of forecasts and statements, no one can predict the outcomes of today's elections. The results depend on each vote. We were asked to monitor the elections according to international standards and report any law violations. We hope that there will be no violations, but if we observe any, we will report them.
"Everyone wants to receive fair election results. All parties have convinced us that they will only believe in the results of a convincing process. This is what Georgian people deserve. We call to the public for calm, trust and patience during the count and respective assessment of any difficulties. The Georgians have to be proud of the present situation. The international community will continue to support Georgian democracy and Georgian people as before", Norland stated.
In his words, the observation of the ambassadors of Great Britain and Holland shows a great interest of international society to the elections.
Parliamentary elections are underway in Georgia, in which 14 parties and two political blocks participate.
In 2013, when amendments to the Constitution take effect, parliament will receive more authority and the rights of the head of state will be curtailed.
The elections will be declared valid if the number of voters is at least one third of the total number of voters.