Georgia Election Code Reforms: Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR call for “more holistic approach”

CoE/Venice Commission

In a joint urgent opinion the Venice Commission and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (“ODIHR”) acknowledge that revised draft amendments to the Election Code of Georgia have been prepared in close cooperation between the ruling party and several opposition parties. This is “particularly noteworthy” against the background of the parliamentary boycott by all elected opposition parties after the parliamentary elections of October 2020 and of the fact that most of the opposition parties had therefore not participated in the preparation of the initial draft amendments assessed in the first Joint Urgent Opinion of 30 April 2021.

The political agreement of 19 April 2021, the return to Parliament by several opposition parties and the revision of the draft amendments to the Election Code on the basis of the agreement, with a view to bringing the national legislation into line with international standards and recommendations, are “clearly to be welcomed”, the urgent opinion states, even though not all elected opposition parties have as yet signed the agreement and taken up their parliamentary mandates..

This urgent opinion has been prepared under the Quick Response Mechanism in the framework of the EU/CoE joint programme Partnership for Good Governance, co-funded by the Council of Europe and the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.


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Georgia Election Code Reforms: Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR call for “more holistic approach”

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