Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Statement by the Civil Society Forum's Georgian National Platform on the parliamentary election and the role of civil society

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In a statement following the parliamentary elections of 1 October 2012, the Georgian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum has stated that the holding of the parliamentary election in a peaceful and stable atmosphere is an important step forward for Georgia’s democratic development, one which lays the ground for accelerating the country’s integration with the EU.

"It is significant that the preliminary assessments of local international observation organizations found that the election was held democratically and transparently overall despite the tense and problematic pre-election atmosphere and individual cases of violations on Election Day and during the vote tallying process," according to the statement.

In the statement (full statement here), the National Platform:

- Believes that it is essential to maintain a peaceful and stable environment - without incidents and confrontation - in the ensuing period, including until the entire electoral process comes to an end.

- Expresses hope that there will an appropriate legal response to disputes linked to violations of the law observed during the election.

- Emphasizes the importance of the fact that the result of the 1 October parliamentary election marks the first precedent in the country’s 20-year history of independence where the government is replaced through democratic means and the acting authorities acknowledged that they are going into opposition.

- Acknowledges that the 1 October parliamentary election marks the start of an important stage in the country’s development.

- Expresses hope that in the new political reality it will be possible to establish a format for relations between the majority and the opposition that is in line with democratic, civilized and European values. This is a prerequisite for the reinforcement and long-term consolidation of the democratic process in Georgia.

- Deems necessary healthy dialogue between the majority and the opposition that is oriented towards the interests of the state.

- Believes it is necessary for civil society to deepen relations with the parliamentary political spectrum and the government and establish a new, structured format for dialogue with them.

The National Platform - as the largest union of civic society organizations in Georgia – and its thematic working groups express readiness to take part in democratic reforms and efforts to accelerate Euro-integration processes through structured dialogue, thematic recommendations, sharing of expertise and civic monitoring.

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