International observers recognize Georgian presidential election’s compliance with European standards
Georgia, Tbilisi, October 28/Trend, N. Kirtzkhalia/
International observers called the presidential election in Georgia free and competitive, representatives of missions from the OSCE PA, PACE, the NATO PA and the European Parliament stated at a joint briefing on Monday.
According to the coordinator of the OSCE delegation Joao Soares, international observers held both long-term and short-term monitoring of the Georgian presidential election.
"This was a free and fair election, and we were surprised by Georgia's transformation in recent years," he said.
Representatives of the OSCE PA, NATO and the Council of Europe stressed that progress in Georgia is very noticeable and the October 27 election was in sync international and European standards.
"This was a real European election," Member of the European Parliament Krzysztof Lisek said.
According to him, the election was held calmly as distinct from the parliamentary election in 2012, however, the movement towards democratic elections was mentioned namely then.
Lisek thanked Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili on behalf of the European Parliament for arranging the transfer of power to another political force peacefully.
The Georgian presidential election was held on October 27.
After the counting of votes in 3376 out of 3741 polling stations (90.99 per cent) the candidate from the ruling coalition Georgian Dream Party, Giorgi Margvelashvili continues to lead in the Georgian presidential election.
Margvelashvili gathered 62.09 per cent of the votes in these polling stations, CEC head Tamar Zhvania said at a briefing on Monday.
According to the preliminary CEC data, the candidate from the pro-presidential United National Movement Party David Barkadze ranks second with 21.9 per cent of votes, followed by Nino Burjanadze (Democratic Movement - United Georgia) - 10.06 per cent of votes; Shalva Natelashvili (Labour Party of Georgia) - 2.88 per cent; Georgi Targamadze (Christian-Democratic Movement) - 1.05 per cent; Zurab Kharatishvili (European Democrats of Georgia) - 0.22 per cent; Levan Chachua - 0.19 per cent; Nino Chanishvili - 0.14 per cent; Sergo Dzhavahidze (For a Fair Georgia) - 0.13 per cent; George Liluashvili - 0.12 per cent; Koba Davitashvili (Party of the People) - 0.58 per cent; Mamuka Melikishvili - 0.06 per cent; Mikheil Saluashvili - 0.08 per cent; Teimuraz Mzhavia - 0.08 per cent; Kartlos Garibashvili - 0.03 per cent; George Chikhladze - 0.05 per cent; Avtandil Margiani - 0.04 per cent; Nugzar Avaliani - 0.04 per cent; Tamaz Bibiluri - 0.04 per cent; Teimuraz Bobokhidze - 0.02 per cent; Nestan Kirtadze - 0.05 per cent; Akaki Asatiani - 0.01 per cent and Mamuka Chokhonelidze - 0.02 per cent.