Chair of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party, Irakli Kobakhidze, accused the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) of being politically motivated, saying it intends to engage in revolutionary processes, which exclude it from participation in the election code’s revision.
In addition, as Kobakhidze clarified, the US Embassy had been aware of the ISFED’s error in the Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) when it negotiated to resolve the political polarization.
GD Chair conveyed that the ruling party proposed the ISFED to renounce its demand for the government’s resignation and formation of the technical government. “We are confident that was a deliberate fraud. We have to be naïve to believe in something else,” said Irakli Kobakhidze.
As part of his remarks on the same issue, opposition MP and Vice Speaker Levan Ioseliani said ISFED accepted responsibility for the mistake, that the management resigned, and such a strict judgment against the organization, which deserves to engage in a working group, is not appropriate”.
“ISFED’S exclusion raises questions about the sincerity of Parliament’s electoral reform process,” said the US Embassy to Georgia on August 19.
The International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) was not allowed to attend the first working group meeting on the renewal of the Election Code on August 18.