Statement on the OSCE/ODIHR report on the 2018 Presidential Elections (March 2)

We welcome the release of the OSCE/ODIHR final report on the 2018 Presidential elections and share its assessment.  The comprehensive recommendations in the report address the shortcomings the Embassy and other international and domestic observers reported during the election.  We encourage the Georgian government to implement the recommendations through consultations with the political parties and civil society and other stakeholders.  Reforms will reinforce Georgia’s commitment to free and fair elections and heighten confidence in the 2020 parliamentary election processes.
The United States is prepared to continue its assistance in the area of electoral reforms.  We strongly support Georgia’s political and economic development, territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, and Western integration.