Non-parliamentary opposition in Georgia protests against “deterioration of election environment”
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 18 / Trend, N. Kirtzkhalia /
The non-parliamentary opposition in Georgia is protesting against the "deterioration of the electoral environment" before the presidential elections which are scheduled for October 27 of this year.
The "New rights", "Democratic movement- united Georgia", "Independent Georgia", Labor Party, "Qartuli Dasi" and Christian-Democratic movement signed the statement.
"While the opposition is preparing to the second phase of negotiations, representative of "Georgian Dream" and the head of the Parliament's inter-factional group made a statement on July 15 without any preliminary consultations, about the authorities' refusal to implement changes agreed upon with the opposition," the statement says.
At the same time, other alarming signals were noted, in regards to the deterioration of the electoral environment: the withdrawal of persons excluded from the place of registration, election lists, the mobilization of administrative and police resources, strict control and polarization of election administration and media outlets.
The opposition notes that, referring to the above mentioned facts, there no prerequisites for conduction of free and fair elections in October of 2013 and the legitimacy of their outcomes is doubtful.
The non-parliamentary opposition urged Georgian authorities to initiate and to implement the agreed upon law projects in parliament on time and immediately refresh dialogue with oppositional parties and civil society with the aim of democratic reformation of the election environment.
Otherwise, non-parliament opposition anticipates new political crisis in the country.