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NGOs Revealed Violations during Pre-election Campaign

27.12.2007
Non-governmental organization “International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy” provided the civil society and media sources with new information about the violations revealed during the pre-election campaign. Those violations were discovered during the monitoring carried out 17 -24 December.

Eka Siradze-de-Lone the executive director of the “Fair Elections” stated during the briefing at the media center of the NGOs which are involved in the monitoring, that the observers were sent to all 75 election districts. According to one of observers in Batumi the activists of the National Movement distributed food products to the voters in exchange of their ID numbers. Those who did not give IDs to them were not given the food.

Activists stated that they needed the ID numbers in order to collect signatures of their presidential candidate’s supporters. Representatives of the Fair Elections defined that the deadline of registration process had already expired.

Observers from Chiatura electoral district stated that a young man tore down Mikheil Saakashvili’s election poster in the street and he was cruelly beaten by policemen. Unconscious man was taken to the hospital. Public officials in other district demanded their employees to take photos of the ballot paper after they have marked the presidential candidate. Afterwards they should show the photo to the employer to inform him/her who they have voted for.

Eka Siradze-de-Lone stated that their organization would continue observing the pre-election campaign until January 5th and then they would provide the mass media with corresponding information.

Source: Medianews

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