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PACE delegation makes pre-electoral visit to Tbilisi

Strasbourg 06.09.2012 – A five-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Luca Volontè (Italy, EPP/CD), will carry out a pre-electoral mission to Tbilisi on 11-12 September 2012, ahead of the parliamentary elections in Georgia on 1 October 2012, to assess the electoral framework and campaign.

The delegation is due to meet the President of the Republic, the Speaker of the Parliament and the Foreign Minister as well as representatives of the political parties running in the elections. Talks are also scheduled with the Georgian delegation to PACE, the Chairman of the Central Electoral Commission, the Chairman of the Voters' List Verification Commission, the Chairman of the State Audit and with representatives of the diplomatic corps, civil society and the media.

A full 21-member delegation from the Assembly will return to the country to observe the voting before making a final assessment.
A press conference is scheduled on Wednesday 12 September at 7.30 pm at the Georgian Parliament (8, Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi).

Members of the delegation:

Luca Volontè (Italy, EPP/CD), Head of the delegation
Meritxell Mateu Pi (Andorra, ALDE)
Christopher Chope (United Kingdom, GDE)

PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia :
Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC)
Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE)

Contact: Nathalie Bargellini, PACE Communication Division, tel. +33 665 40 32 82, [email protected]