Tbilisi invites int’l observers for elections

By: Jamila Babayeva

Georgian Foreign Ministry sent official invitations to the international organizations to send observers to monitor the local elections. The president signed a decree on April 10 and set June 15 as the date of elections to the local self-government.

The government approved a presidential decree on April 14.

The invitations were sent to the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute, the ministry reported.

In its response letter, the OSCE /ODIHR thanked the Georgian side for the invitation and said that it would fail to send its observers due to the budget problems. If the budget problems are solved, ODIHR may reconsider its decision.

The rest of the international organizations have not responded yet.