Statement of the Embassy of the United States on Georgia’s Parliamentary Elections (October 11)

Statement of the Embassy of the United States on Georgia’s Parliamentary Elections (October 11)

The Embassy of the United States congratulates Georgia on competitive and well-administered elections which largely respected fundamental freedoms on October 8, as assessed by the OSCE’s Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.  We also note that election day proceeded in an orderly manner but regret that tensions increased during the day and several violent incidents took place in polling stations.

We strongly condemn these isolated cases of violence and intimidation, and urge a thorough and balanced investigation of all incidents that respects the rule of law.

These elections are the first step in a process that will include further run-off contests, and we urge all parties and their supporters to approach these elections in a calm and peaceful manner, and to address any electoral concerns in accordance with Georgian law.

We will continue to monitor the process closely, including the campaigning to come and run-off elections.