“Amidst an unprecedented systemic persecution and defamation campaign, in violation of legislation, the ruling party Georgian Dream decided not to present the front page of their election bulletin on camera, thus, creating risks of vote manipulation,” states Natia Mezvrishvili, one of the leaders of the party ‘For Georgia’ founded by Former Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia.
Mezvrishvili emphasizes that the camera should clearly depict the front page of the election bulletin when counting votes in order to avoid vote manipulation.
Amidst unprecedented systemic persecution and defamation campaign, in violation of legislation, the ruling party @GeorgianDream41 decided not to make visible front page of election bulletin on camera, thus, creating risks of vote manipulation.
— Natia Mezvrishvili (@N_mezvrishvili) September 29, 2021
“On September 26, the CEC uploaded a test video on its webpage, where the front page of the election bulletin is not visible. If it stays like this, transparency in vote counting will not be ensured, and those wishing to follow the counting process might not be able to see which party or which candidate people have voted for. If this is not improved, a serious risk of vote manipulation will be created,” says Mezvrishvili.
The Election Commission denied this accusation and stated that the video recording process is totally in line with the established standards.
“Video files depicting the vote-counting process will be uploaded on Drive by the Central Election Commission, and will be publicly available, so that citizens can be sure that the procedure is transparent and legal,” stated the CEC.
By Ana Dumbadze