Montenegro elections competitive and fundamental freedoms respected, but campaign characterized by lack of distinct domestic policy alternatives, observers say
a statement issued today. While pluralistic, the media lacked editorial independence.PODGORICA, 17 October 2016 – Montenegro’s 16 October parliamentary elections were held in a competitive environment and fundamental freedoms were generally respected in a campaign characterized by a lack of distinct domestic policy alternatives and permeated by personal attacks, international observers said in
The election administration met all legal deadlines, but despite increased operational and human resources, the professional capacity of the administration remains inadequate. Election day proceeded in a calm and orderly manner, with few cases of procedural irregularities observed, the statement says.
“Against a campaign background characterized by a divisive debate over foreign policy questions, these elections were held in a competitive environment and fundamental freedoms were generally respected,” said Margareta Cederfelt, Special Co-ordinator and leader of the short-term OSCE observer mission. “The positive changes we have observed demonstrate a genuine will to improve the process.”
PODGORICA, 14 October 2016 – The international observers monitoring the parliamentary elections in Montenegro will present their preliminary post-election statement at a news conference on Monday, 17 October, in Podgorica.
The mission is a joint undertaking of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA), and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
The statement will be delivered by Margareta Cederfelt, Special Co-ordinator and leader of the short-term OSCE observer mission, followed by Aleksander Pociej, Head of the PACE delegation, Azay Guliev, Head of the OSCE PA delegation, and Roman Jakič, Head of the OSCE/ODIHR long-term election observation mission.
Georgia elections competitive and well-administered, although allegations and incidents of violence impacted campaign, international observers say
a preliminary statement released today.TBILISI, 9 October 2016 – The 8 October parliamentary elections in Georgia were competitive, well-administered and fundamental freedoms were generally respected. The otherwise calm and open campaign atmosphere was, however, impacted by allegations of unlawful campaigning and some incidents of violence, the international observers concluded in
Election day generally proceeded in an orderly manner, but tensions increased during the day and several violent altercations took place near and in polling stations, the observers said. Voting proceeded in an orderly manner, although counting was assessed more negatively, due to procedural problems and increased tensions.
“Strongly competitive and well-run, yesterday’s elections offered an opportunity for voters to make informed choices about their options in a pluralistic but polarized media environment,” said Ignacio Sanchez Amor, the Special Co-ordinator and leader of the short-term OSCE observer mission. “The unacceptable isolated incidents of violence we’ve seen had an impact but, thankfully, did not undermine an otherwise positive election.”
TBILISI, 5 October 2016 – Leading members of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s election observation mission to the 8 October parliamentary elections in Georgia arrived today in Tbilisi for final preparations of the observation mission. Ignacio Sanchez Amor (MP, Spain), who has been appointed by OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Frank-Walter Steinmeier as Special Co-ordinator to lead the short-term OSCE observer mission, and Guglielmo Picchi (MP, Italy), who serves as Head of the OSCE PA delegation of observers, held several meetings today, and are expected to be joined by dozens of other parliamentarians tomorrow.
Addressing short-term OSCE observers today, Sanchez Amor stressed the importance of the elections and the need for vigorous and impartial observation. “It is clear that this election is not only important in the eyes of Georgians, but also in the eyes of all of the governments that have sent us to be here,” he said. “As observers, we have a great obligation as the eyes and ears – and the voice – of the international community.”
Sanchez Amor and Picchi will tomorrow address observers from the four parliamentary assemblies participating in the international election observation mission – the OSCE PA, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, NATO PA, and the European Parliament.