OSCE Election Observation Mission in Georgia – report from an International Observer

CEZARY SZCZEPANIUK*
fot. C. Szczepaniuk

fot. C. Szczepaniuk

On October 27, 2013 presidential election took place in Georgia. The country faced the challenge of electing a new president, after a year of political cohabitation. 41 candidates were listed on the Voting Lists, but just three out of them were serious competitors – Giorgi Margvelashvili, David Bakradze and Nino Burjanadze. The Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (ODIHR OSCE) organizes Election Observation Missions (EOM) to strengthen democracy, human rights and the rule of law across the world. Such Election Observation Mission was organized for the 12thtime in Georgia. Being one of OSCE member states, Georgia is obliged by the Copenhagen commitments to organize fair elections and to allow the presence of international observers. For this mission OSCE employed temporarily 16 experts, 18 Long Term Observers (LTO) and 300 Short Term Observers (STO). I had the pleasure to be among them.

Czytaj więcej

The victorious Mikheil „Misha” Saakashvili

ANITA SĘK, YEaP Programme

The exclusive name invitations were sent to chosen people only. In the evening of November 14th representatives of the EEAS, European Commission, Parliament, Council, Permanent Representations and respected media met in Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Brussels, for a closed meeting with President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili. The Centre for International Initiatives was also there.  Czytaj więcej

Wake up call on the Eastern front

ANITA SĘK

„It is not like it was with Poland or Hungary. There is no automatism when it comes to knowledge on transition. The history does not repeat itself” stated Gunnar Wiegand, EEAS Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional Cooperation and OSCE , opening a debate On the Road to Reform: Assessing Progress in the Eastern Neighbourhood. The meeting was held on 5th October in Brussels on the occasion of a report’s presentation European Integration Index for Eastern Partnership Countries, prepared by experts of International Renaissance Foundation in cooperation with the Open Society Foundations.[1]

Czytaj więcej