GYLA continues to monitor 2016 Parliamentary Elections of Georgia. On this stage, we would like to draw the attention of society to violations and tendencies outlined in current period, during pre-elections process, that took place in different regions of Georgia and that, besides being violation of Election Code of Georgia, can negatively affect free, peaceful and equal elections environment.
Outlined violations and tendencies:
On the same day, Sevdia Ugrekhelidze, Majoritarian MP Candidate of “National Movement” for Saburtalo region responded on the mentioned statement and assessed it as a false accusation. Sevdia Ugrekhelidze stated that the mentioned persons are dismissed from election staff and at the moment of abovementioned act they had no connection with “National movement”.
Later, media reported that Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia started investigation of this fact under Article 236, part 2, illegal purchase, possession, carrying of gun, however no official statement was made by MIA regarding this issue.
Colored powders were free on the festival and were available to anybody. Adults and children were participating in the festival. Event organizers (representatives of youth wing of Otar Kharchilava, Majoritarian MP Candidate) were wearing agitation t-shirts. The Candidate himself was also participating in the event.
It is noteworthy that name, surname and personal ID number is personal information and can only be processed with consent of the subject.
Gathering personal data of citizens implies the dangerous tendency of indirect influence on voters will, that is most significant when the data subjects are socially vulnerable, representatives of ethnic minorities and refugees.
In order to held elections in peaceful, competitive and free of violence environment we urge state agencies and electoral subjects with recommendations, namely:
Ministry of Internal Affairs:
Ensure timely and thorough investigation of all those facts or alleged violations related to elections process that are under their competence in accordance with law. It also is important that the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia conduct investigation of all facts that has taken place recently and pays special attention to cases that may contain different types of threat, coercion, intimidation or violence and can pose a threat to conducting pre-election processes in peaceful environment.
Audit Office and Elections Administration:
Study the circumstances described above within their competence and take proper legal actions;
Inter-Agency Commission for free and fair elections:
Study alleged facts of violation of Election legislation of Georgia by public servants and develop proper recommendations;
Representatives of local self-government:
Maintain political neutrality and do not exceed the scope of authority granted to them by law;
Personal Data Protection Inspector:
Do not allow violation of requirements of the Law of Georgia on Personal Data Protection and take appropriate actions, within its competence, considering principles of Inspector’s activities.
Election subjects, representatives of Parties and activists:
Refrain from any kind of provocation and violent actions and facilitate conducting pre-elections period in accordance with legal norms and standards.
You have rights, not to give out personal data, and representatives of political parties, public servants do not have rights to force you on giving out information of this kind.
In case of revealing elections violation, please write us on GYLA web page: https://gyla.ge/ge/contact
Also, you can visit GYLA Tbilisi Central and regional offices: Adjara (Batumi), Guria (Ozurgeti), Imereti (Kutaisi), Kvemo Kartli (Rustavi), Kakheti (Telavi), Samegrelo (Zugdidi), Mtskheta-Mtianeti (Dusheti), Shida Kartli and Samtskhe Jabakheti (Gori) https://gyla.ge/ge/mod/regions
GYLA continues monitoring mission of October 8, 2016 elections and will provide society with monitoring outcomes.