On 17 September 2021, the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) deployed a Limited Election Observation Mission (LEOM) to observe the 2 October Local Elections in Georgia. The EOM was composed of a Core Team of 7 experts, based in Tbilisi. On Election Day, 20 short-term observers were also deployed by ENEMO to follow the voting, counting, and tabulation of results.
The mission assessed the overall political and electoral environment, respect for the rights to elect and stand for election, conduct of election management bodies, campaigning, gender equality, voting and tabulation, electoral dispute resolution, and other crucial aspects of the process, based on international standards for democratic elections and the legal framework of Georgia. Core Team members conducted meetings with election management bodies, political parties, state officials, the international community, domestic civil society organizations, media, and other stakeholders.
The Final Report follows the Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions for the first round, issued on 4 October. The IEOM left the country in mid-October. A second round that was held on 30 October to elect mayors in five self-governing cities and 59 municipalities, as well as 42 members of 24 councils in majoritarian constituencies. Developments ahead of the second round were followed remotely by the IEOM. No observers were deployed in the ground on the second round Election Day.
Disclaimer: The project “Support of the International Election Observation Mission during the Local Elections in Georgia” implemented from 8th September 2021 to 31st December 2021 was carried out from the funds of the official development aid of the Slovak Republic. The content of this document is the sole responsibility of ENEMO and does not necessarily represent the position of the donor.