Second interim report of pre-election monitoring of the Parliamentary elections
The International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) has been monitoring the pre-election period of the October 31, 2020 elections of the Parliament of Georgia since June 1. The monitoring is implemented with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union (EU). Second interim report of the pre-election monitoring covers the period from July 5, 2020 through August 3, 2020, as well as individual events that began prior to July 5 and continued or became known during the monitoring period.
During the monitoring period ISFED identified 8 cases of alleged vote buying, including 4 by majoritarian members of the Georgian Parliament and officially nominated majoritarian candidates, 1 by Lelo for Georgia, 2 by the United National Movement and 1 by a majoritarian member of Tbilisi Assembly from Chugureti District; cases of dismissal based on possible political motive in 5 municipalities; 5 cases of intimidation/harassment based on possible political motive; 2 cases of possible use of administrative resources; 2 cases of withholding social assistance based on possible political discrimination; 1 case of intimidation of ISFED observer; 1 case of interference in political activities; 1 case of interference in pre-election campaigning by the Church; and 1 case of creating obstacles for registration of a political party.
The full interim report is available below.