According to information provided by the GYLA’s observers as of 2 PM, polling procedures are proceeding with significant violations in certain precincts.
The violations mainly concern the secrecy of the vote, alleged control of voters’ will, and interference with the exercise of observers’ powers.
Below we present the violations observed in the period from 10 AM to 2 PM:
Interference with the exercise of observers’ powers:
Alleged control of voters’ will:
Violations identified on the polling day at precincts located abroad (as of now, the polling procedures have got underway in the following precincts: Barcelona, Oslo, Rome, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, Brussels, London):
Violations related to measures to be taken against the Covid-19 pandemic:
The GYLA’s Observation Mission on the polling day
The Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association will deploy more than 700 observers to district and precinct election commissions across the country at the time of the elections of the Parliament of Georgia of October 31, 2020.
The GYLA will pay a particular attention to the observance of electoral procedures (the process of opening of electoral precincts, voting, and summarization of voting results) as well as monitor the developments unfolding in areas adjacent to polling stations. In connection with revealed violations, the organization will also use the mechanism of strategic litigation in district election commissions and courts.
On Election Day, the GYLA will also operate a hotline number for journalists and media organizations. By calling at the hotline, journalists and media organizations will be able to receive information they are interested in and legal consultation regarding electoral procedures, violations on the polling day, and ways of responding to them.
The hotline number is 577 36 15 20.
The GYLA will hold four press conferences regarding the process of Election Day observation at the NGO Media Center during the day. The press conferences will be held at 10 AM, 2 PM, 6 PM, and 9 PM. On November 1, the GYLA will evaluate the Election Day and hold a press conference at 12:30 PM.
The GYLA’s monitoring mission of the polling day of the parliamentary elections was made possible with the funding of the embassies of Norway and Great Britain, the EU Delegation to Georgia, and the Open Society Georgia Foundation. The opinions expressed in the statement are those of the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association and its content may not express the views of the donor organizations.