Members of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Jaanus Marrandi and Uno Kaskpeit are in Georgia, where they participate in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA) election observation mission at the presidential elections held today.
“Obviously these elections are important both for the Georgians and for the international community, as they are a test of the democratic development of Georgia,” Marrandi said, and expressed the hope that the elections would be peaceful. “As observers, it is our task to monitor the legality of the elections.”
“Our presence in Georgia shows our solidarity with the people of Georgia,” Kaskpeit added. “We hope the voter turnout will be high.”
It is the 12th time the OSCE PA sends its observers to monitor the elections in Georgia. Previous presidential elections were held in 2013. Current observation mission includes the OSCE parliamentarians, ODIHR observers, and also members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Altogether more than 350 observers watch the conduct of elections across Georgia.
The 50-member team of the OSCE PA observers from 17 OSCE member states is headed by member of the Moderate Party of Sweden and OSCE PA Vice-President Margareta Cederfelt.
Since 1993, an important part in the work of the OSCE is sending of delegations of observers to elections in member states in order to observe the compliance of elections with law and democratic traditions. Detailed reports are prepared on observation results.
For further information, please contact:
Jaanus Marrandi +372 514 3233
Uno Kaskpeit +372 504 3343
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