Council of Europe positively assesses local elections in Georgia
Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct.29 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
The municipal elections and the direct election for Tbilisi mayor held in Georgia is obvious progress in terms of approximation to the European standards, a special report of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe says.
Local authorities' elections were held in Georgia May 30. Gigi Ugulava was elected a Mayor.
The Council of Europe's document notes that the elections were transparent and held in a healthy competition atmosphere. Compared to the previous elections, voter lists were more completed; the election process took place in a calm atmosphere.
Transparency of the elections contributed to a great number of local observers, the report says.
More than 13,000 observers observed the elections throughout the country. In total the Central Election Commission registered 36 local and 28 international organizations. In addition, representatives of 54 media outlets were registered.