PES: The high turnout in Georgian election shows enhanced democracy

02/11/2020

Georgia election 2020

Supporters of the governing party Georgian Dream celebrate the results in the first round of the 2020 Georgian parliamentary election. Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/TASS/Sipa

The Party of European Socialists welcomes the high turnout during the first round of the parliamentary election in Georgia, held on 31 October.

According to the latest data, the Georgian Dream party, an observer member of the PES, won more than 54% of the votes. The turnout in the first round of the election in Georgia was above 52% despite the difficulties caused by the COVID pandemic.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said:

“Georgia held a highly competitive elections in such difficult times. The election results so far show that the people of Georgia have chosen to continue their Euro-Atlantic path. The election law reforms adopted in advance of this election made the election process more inclusive and more transparent. We hope that Georgia will continue on this direction after the second round of the election.”

The PES shares the opinion of the international observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Parliamentary Assemblies of the OSCE, Council of Europe and NATO, that the elections were competitive and, overall, fundamental freedoms were respected.