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2008-05-30
IDPs Shivering Under Polyethylene in Zugdidi District
IDPs compactly settled in the village of Rukhi in Zugdidi district, are only five kilometers away from their homeland. It has been fifteen years already for IDPs from the Chuburkhinji district – they have been residing in two-storied building of former department store. All this time rain is leaking from their roof. Living in the damp room where windows do not have glasses is getting unbearable. During rain the inhabitants of the building hide under the polyethylene sheeting. Political hope appears not to be an option, as the government could not find time for them before elections either. The IDPs have applied to various institutions with the request to cover their shelter with some kind of permanent roof.

2008-05-29
Broken Promises - living for today and voting for tomorrow …
Elections are won by broken promises, mindset of hope – that at least a little something will be changed in future to the better. People live for today and vote for tomorrow. During the pre-election campaign voters received just a sample of better things to come - paved roads and some streets with lighting. However, if the elections promises stay true to history, voters will still be walking along damaged roads and darkened streets.

2008-05-29
Bribing Voters in Adjara Autonomous Republic
Prisoners released in exchange for five hundred votes

The information about prisoners, who were promised freedom if their relatives collected 500 votes, was widely distributed during the pre-election campaign. The validity of the information can be proved by the list the Human Rights Center received at the Election HQ of the National Movement, the ruling party.

2008-05-29
Lost of Freedom of Speech for Georgian Media
Will TV Companies Be Still Censured?

Georgian media sources had expected that parliamentary elections on May 21 were going to be some kind of examination for them. How did Georgian TV Companies pass the exam? Why do journalists think that Georgian TV Media will be censured once more? How does the Georgian authority manage to create the acceptable environment for itself?

2008-05-28
Country Lacks Funds for the Prevention of Natural Disaster This Year
The Parents can not let their children sleep at home in Mestia as the threat of a landslide is a constant threat.  Spring is traditionally the season of natural disasters in Georgia. The government has not conducted preventive activities against landslides and floods for several years now. The consequence is that people die and houses, bridges, roads are damaged. At the background of tensed political and social situation environmental problems appear to be far less important in Georgia. It is for this reason that government needs to start thinking about floods and landslides ahead of time and not only when the water level is dramatically rising.  It would be better if the government would spend more on prevention rather than having to spend money and limited resources after the damage has been done.

2008-05-28
Death of Georgian Democracy with Parliamentary Election Results
The highly anticipated 2008 Georgian parliamentary elections were held as expected – and the results did not come as a surprise to anyone close to civial society. Moreover, the results were fixed  before the ballots were printed. The international organizations, with their preliminary conclusions, have basically sanctioned the widespread riggning of elections and announced how elections were sucessfully held and a step forward for a struggling democracy. 

2008-05-28
Tax + Debts=Unbearable Life
Flat of Avtandil Kikvadze, a resident of Kutaisi, has been in the dark already for six months. The old man who lives there is sure that he is not guilty for not being able to pay his bill. One day, the lonely old man, who uses only one bulb and  watches a bit  TV in the evening, received a bill with a huge debt attached; it was so much that he could not afford to pay. Electricity meters in the district where he lives have not been installed yet. People have been using the communal ones left over from the communist times.

2008-05-27
Elections in Shadow of Total Vote Rigging
“Elections were held on the background of total vote rigging,” stated representatives of the Georgian Human Rights Center. On the third day of the elections the center gave a press-conference where they discussed the wide range of violations that their observers had encountered on May 21 during the parliamentary elections.

2008-05-27
Observers Haunted with an Axe and Weapon
 The parliamentary elections of May 21, 2008 were held in Kakheti Region with brutal infringements of the rights prescribed under the Georgian Constitution and requirements of the Election Code. In the precincts the observers from Georgian NGOs were barred from being able to normally observe the election process. They were not able to write complaints. Several observers were physically abused and even ousted from the polling stations.

2008-05-24
Questions Raised by the Khurcha Incident
If indeed staged by Georgian authorities themselves, the incident is a disturbing example of cynicism, playing on the tragedy that befell the victims of the Abkhaz conflict, risking the lives and health of innocent civilians for political gain.

2008-05-23
Norwegian Helsinki Committee: Report from Election Observation
Extraordinary Parliamentary Elections in the Republic of Georgia, 20 and 21 May 2008

Although technical procedures were handled effectively by the Precinct election commissions (PECs), the team made a number of observations indicating that the election was carried out in an atmosphere of intimidation, that may have affected voting patterns in the district.

2008-05-23
Chronicles :
The Human Rights Centre Hardly Managed to Evacuate Observers from Gori Polling Stations

(Situation between 17:00 – 20:00) – “Please, help… are not you human?” – observers and election commission members from Gori villages were asking for help. At the election day, at the most polling stations counting of the ballots have been started by 8 p.m. without participation of the opposition parties. Before 8 p.m. the Human Rights Centre met lots of crying women and scared people in the villages of Gori district asking for taking them from that territory.

2008-05-23
Akhaltsikhe: Ballot Box Stuffing with Faked Votes
Journalists Ia Gegeshidze and Maka Lominashvili worked at the Polling Station # 4 in Akhaltsikhe district. Election process became complicated when a gang of people with faked ballots suddenly appeared on the PS.

2008-05-23
Open Palm: Another Signal to Circle “Five”
Vote Rigging in Kutaisi

The preliminary expectation of voters came true-elections in Kutaisi were flawed. Representatives of the local NGOs speak about various violations. Voters found strange signatures in their signature boxes. There were cases when voters received ballot papers only on majoritarian (single mandate) candidates. The votes cast were by others besides those that were supposed to be the actual voters.

2008-05-21
Noisy Election in Gori on a Maliciously Peaceful Background
From  7:00 AM, noise filled Gori. 7:30 at the university of Gori,  Lexo Vilauri, representative of the “Young Republicans” , was slandered to be great republican and was not allowed to enter the poll station; attendance of two republicans is prohibited at one polling station. Members of the United National Movement joke about the discontent between opposition parties and observers. It’s noteworthy that at some poll stations, several opposition representatives do not agree with the complaints of observers.

2008-05-21
Kakheti’s observer struck by chair – voters frightened by criminals recently released from the prison
1.Lagodekhi   Election District # 15, Kabali polling station # 18 – head of commission and members assaulted observers of the Human Rights Centre. Observer was demanding to file a complaint on the fact that election ballots were taken out from the polling station, despite this, commission chairperson of the polling station # 18  was found having 12 summary protocols, all of them were filled in advance.

2008-05-21
Morning Chronicles of Election Violations
In Sagarejo’s Azerbaijanian Villages Great Election Chaos Observed

1. In Sagarejo region, lower Lambalo’s 36 election district has not door, district is located in open space, where it’s very hard to control who comes in and goes out. Almost all election procedures are violated. Commission members have thrice (three times) expelled observers from the polling station. Election box was opened. Number of  bulletins on this district is 1350, and number of voters  - 1394.  Members of Commission are unable to explain the reason.

2008-05-19
Memorial “Ainaalara”: One Step towards Reconciliation
Abkhazian language has been taught at one of the public schools in Rustavi for a year. Collage and school “Lampari” is different from other public schools because pupils have been able to learn Abkhazian language since 2007. On May 15 a memorial to Georgian and Abkhazian people who died in the war was opened in the school yard. The name of the memorial is “Reconcilation.”

2008-05-19
Police Terror or Police Resistance?
The incident that took place in the restaurant “Metekhis Chrdili” was publicly reported by Levan Berdzenishvili, leader of the Republic Party, and this again proves that high-ranking officials of the Georgian Government still continue with their vote rigging. However it is not the only violation that was observed during the pre-election campaign. Does political terror actually exist in Georgia? Why patrol police officers are still acting so impudently and people have even organized protests s against them?

2008-05-19
Georgian War Footing Takes Concrete Form – Literally
“Tank Station” is what locals are calling a large concrete platform that has recently been constructed along a line of freshly laid railroad tracks near the Georgian conflict zone of Abkhazia.

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