To support the Georgian parliamentary elections on 31 October, the EU, EU Member States, and European partners implemented an unprecedented large-scale European Diplomatic Watch initiative, which deployed over 70 teams that covered almost 700 polling stations around the country.
This was a key part of the over 1000 polling reports coordinated by the EU Delegation and collected by other embassy teams in Georgia. This amounted to coverage of over 25% of the stations in the country.
The European Diplomatic Watch was launched following the decision of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to not deploy short-term observers for these elections.
The objective of the European Diplomatic Watch was to support the ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission (LEOM) and the democratic process in Georgia.
“The EU is proud to have helped mobilise this unprecedented European Diplomatic Watch to support the election process in Georgia. Working with 14 EU member state and 2 partner embassies, we provided a visible presence at over 700 polling stations all over the country on Election Day, and were able to support ODIHR in its limited capacity election observation mission” noted EU Ambassador Carl Hartzell.
Teams were composed of members of the EU Delegation to Georgia, the EU Member State embassies of Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, and Sweden as well as the embassies of Norway and Switzerland.
Activities were closely coordinated with efforts of other embassies, notably the United States and the United Kingdom, together with which over 1000 polling stations were covered.
For more information, please contact Tamar Mikadze, EU Delegation to Georgia, +995 32 2943763, email@example.com