Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

06/29/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/29/2020 07:13

Joint Statement by the Facilitators of the Political Dialogue on the passage of amendments to the electoral system

We warmly congratulate the Parliament of Georgia on today's adoption of Constitutional amendments designed to increase parliamentary pluralism and allow for a more representative legislature. We recognize that these amendments reflect difficult compromises by Georgia's political parties and commend those who ensured their successful passage. We regret the non-participation of some parties due to differences over the fulfilment of the 8 March agreement.

We urge all parties now to engage in the adoption and effective implementation of the election reforms recommended by OSCE/ODIHR. These much-needed reforms will help ensure a free, fair, and transparent election environment where Georgians can cast their votes freely at the ballot box.

Upholding the commitments contained in the 8 March agreement to address actions that could be perceived as inappropriate politicization of Georgia's judicial and electoral processes remains crucial to the integrity of the country's democracy and rule of law, especially during this election period. We will continue to monitor closely these commitments in the run-up to the October elections.

Finally, we would like all sides to respect our role and integrity as facilitators of this process.