PM Gakharia: tomorrow’s elections define Georgia’s future development, I urge people to vote

PM Giorgi Gakharia has urged voters to cast their ballots. Photo: government of Georgia press office., 30 Oct 2020 - 15:17, Tbilisi,Georgia

A day before the parliamentary elections Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia has urged people to make their choice at ballot boxes as the elections will define the country’s development for years to come. 

He stated that Georgia is able to show the world how to hold ‘exemplary elections’ despite the pandemic.

 Tomorrow is a very important day for the country’s future democratic development. We can show the world once again how to hold exemplary elections despite the pandemic - free, fair, democratic and transparent,” Gakharia stated earlier today.

He said that like the pre-election period, the election day and the post-election period should be calm and democratic. 

The pre-election period was absolutely calm, transparent and democratic. It is the responsibility of the government, the opposition and the whole public, the election day tomorrow, as well as the post-election period, to be also calm and democratic, in the full line with the top international standards. Any violation or provocations will be strongly punished, no matter of political possessions,” Gakharia said. 

He stated that the Interior Ministry has been instructed to ensure safety around the country tomorrow, while the  Foreign Ministry and the Interior Ministry will be “on the round-clock contact with foreign observers to prevent any obstacles in their activities.”

Gakharia said that voting tomorrow will be ‘absolutely safe’ and people should not be afraid of contracting the virus at polling stations.

I will say once again. The pandemic will be over, we will  also cope with the economic crisis. However, the elections which will be held tomorrow will define the country’s fate for years. That is why I urge our citizens to vote,” Gakharia said. 

Tomorrow Georgians will elect the country’s 10th national legislature since independence from the Soviet Union back in 1991.