voice for democracy

2 October vote: a missed opportunity for local democracy in Georgia, says Head of Congress delegation – Council of Europe

The Congress concluded its mission to observe the local elections held on 2 October in Georgia. David ERAY (Switzerland, EPP/CCE, R), Head of the delegation, underlined the extremely polarized political environment in the country as well as an increase in verbal aggression, hate speech and fake news on social media during the campaign.
“This polarisation had a paralyzing effect on local democracy which, in fact, has been taken hostage of the overall national political situation. Against this background, this poll was a missed opportunity for local democracy in Georgia”, Mr Eray stated. The overall unlevel playing field, pressure on voters and vote-buying were further features of these elections which raised concern of the Congress delegation.
 Congress website
Congress to observe local elections in Georgia
Digital technology and artificial intelligence on the agenda of the conference of Council of Europe justice ministers
9 October – European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation
 To receive our press releases
 Guide for visiting journalists
 Media contacts
 Audiovisual services
Broadcasting quality videos to download