- Title: OSCE observers monitor Georgian parliamentary poll
- Date: 8th October 2016
- Summary: TBILISI, GEORGIA (OCTOBER 8, 2016) (REUTERS) HEAD OF OSCE OFFICE FOR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS (ODIHR) OBSERVATION MISSION TO GEORGIA ALEXANDRE KELTCHEWSKY AND OTHER OBSERVERS ENTERING POLLING STATION KELTCHEWSKY AND OTHER OBSERVERS TALKING TO ELECTION OFFICIALS PEOPLE REGISTERING TO VOTE ELECTION OFFICIAL LOOKING THROUGH BALLOTS MAN'S HAND GETS SPRAYED TO PREVENT MULTIPLE VOTING VARIOUS OF KELTCHEWSKY AND OTHER OBSERVERS TALKING TO ELECTION OFFICIALS/ OSCE OBSERVER TAKING PHOTOGRAPH TWO MEN WALKING OUT VOTING BOOTH FOR DISABLED PEOPLE TWO MEN AT ELECTION OFFICIALS DESK BALLOTS IN BALLOT BOX EXTERIOR OF POLLING STATION BUILDING SIGN WITH NUMBER OF POLLING STATION ABOVE ENTRANCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF OSCE-ODIHR OBSERVATION MISSION TO GEORGIA, ALEXANDRE KELTCHEWSKY, SAYING: "We have 380 short-term observers. So what we are doing? I'll show you just in a while. We are coming to polling stations from the very beginning, from the opening and they will stay throughout this whole process until the latest stages which is counting and tabulation." ENTRANCE TO POLLING STATION
- Embargoed: 23rd October 2016 10:52
- Keywords: Georgia parliamentary election OSCE observers
- Location: TBILISI, GEORGIA
- City: TBILISI, GEORGIA
- Country: Georgia
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0015356S07
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were monitoring a parliamentary election underway in the Caucasus republic of Georgia on Saturday (October 8).
The vote is seen as a test of the stability of the ex-Soviet state criss-crossed by strategically important oil and gas pipelines and traditionally buffeted between Russia and the West.
"We have 380 short-term observers. So what we are doing? I'll show you just in a while. We are coming to polling stations from the very beginning, from the opening and they will stay throughout this whole process until the latest stages which is counting and tabulation," said the head of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights mission to Georgia, Alexandre Keltchewsky, after visiting a polling station in the capital Tbilisi.
Polls suggest the ruling Georgian Dream party, funded by the country's richest man, is likely to win. But they also show strong support for the opposition United National Movement (UNM) and that many voters are undecided.
The pro-Western Free Democrats and the pro-Russian Alliance of Patriots may be among those who clear the 5 percent threshold needed to get into the 150-seat parliament, analysts say.
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