Several non-governmental organizations said they temporarily halt participation in all working groups established at the initiative of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party in solidarity with the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) until the ISFED is admitted to the process.
“Prohibition of participation to the ISFED is critical and represents yet another attempt to discredit independent civil organizations. The decision is unfair, ungrounded and contradicts to the spirit of the EU-proposed first and tenth priorities which require the involvement of civil organizations at all levels of decision-making,” reads the joint statement.
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), Democracy Research Institute (DRI), Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) and Social Justice Center signed the joint statement.
The non-governmental organization International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) was not allowed to participate in the first meeting of the working for the revision of the Election Code on August 18.