IRI Announces Delegation to Observe Georgia’s Parliamentary Elections

Washington, DC – IRI today announced it will monitor Georgia’s October 1, 2012 parliamentary elections (Georgian version).  Delegates from Jordan, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States will travel to Georgia to monitor voting and ballot counting throughout the country.  Following the voting, IRI will issue a statement on the findings of the delegation. 

IRI’s delegation will be led by U.S. Congressman David Dreier (CA-26) and U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) both of whom serve on IRI’s Board of Directors.  Other delegates are:

IRI staff will also serve as observers and assist in the mission.  IRI staff will be led by Lorne W. Craner, President of IRI and Stephen B. Nix, Regional Director of IRI’s Eurasia division.

Prior to the election, delegates will be briefed by representatives from the U.S. Embassy, political party representatives and Georgian election officials.  They will also be briefed on the rights and responsibilities of international observers and Georgian election law.  Delegates will then be deployed throughout the country where they will observe polling stations and identify and evaluate strengths and weaknesses in Georgia’s election system, including campaign regulations, the balloting process, vote tabulation and reporting. 

In addition to its international delegation, IRI has also deployed 12 long-term observers to monitor election related activities such as campaigning, rallies and elections preparations.  Deployed to six major regional centers since July, these observers are responsible for staying in contact with local political parties and government officials so they can identify and report on any potential roadblocks to open and transparent elections.  These observers will also add to IRI’s Election Day efforts and will give the Institute a better understanding of the election environment. 

Since 1983, IRI has monitored more than 150 elections in more than 46 countries, including Georgia’s November 2003 parliamentary elections and the January 2008 presidential election.

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