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On 28 October, Georgia held the first round of its presidential elections.
According to the preliminary conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission, the elections were "competitive and professionally administered", giving Georgian voters a genuine voice. Some shortcomings were noted throughout the campaign and on the election day, notably instances of misuse of administrative resources, sharp polarisation of the private media, negative campaigning and harsh rhetoric. These shortcomings should be addressed based on the OSCE/ODIHR recommendations.
Ensuring high democratic standards throughout the entire electoral process, including the second round, remains key. It is important that all parties continue to adhere to democratic principles and to respect the will of the Georgian people.
The European Union stands by a democratic, stable and prosperous Georgia, including with a vibrant civil society. We look forward to strengthening further cooperation with Georgia to advance political association and economic integration and to deliver on the joint commitments under the Association Agreement.