The European Union released a statement about October 28 Presidential Elections in Georgia.
The statement refers to the preliminary conclusion of Election Observation Mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), which assessed the polls as “competitive and professionally administered.”
Based on the statement, “some shortcomings” were noted throughout the campaign, as well as the Election Day, including “instances of misuse of administrative resources, sharp polarization of the private media, negative campaigning and harsh rhetoric.”
The statement says that these shortcomings should be addressed based on the OSCE/ODIHR recommendations.
“It is important that all parties continue to adhere to democratic principles and to respect the will of the Georgian people,” reads the EU statement. “The European Union stands by a democratic, stable and prosperous Georgia, including with a vibrant civil society,” reads the statement.