The government is going to take revenge against ISFED, this is how GYLA chairman Nika Simonishvili assesses the fact that the non-governmental organization "Fair Elections" was not allowed to participate in the working group created for the revision of the Election Code, the first meeting of which is being held today in the Parliament.
As he explains, the ruling team's position that ISFED have lost its neutrality is unacceptable to him. Simonishvili suspects that there are other political motives behind all this.
"We knew that they were not going to invite ISFED. Yesterday, the board of the platform made a consensus decision that we and "Fair Elections" will be represented in this working format, because no party or government has the right to interfere in the activities of civil organizations.
This gross interference is a political persecution of the organization against which the government intends to retaliate. The authorities cannot provide any evidence that the official position of "Fair Elections" was that the demand of the technical government was set. It was a demand voiced at the rally, not an official demand for "Fair Elections". I suspect that there are other political motives behind all this. This issue is unacceptable and I will discuss it at the meeting of the working group. It is unacceptable for me to continue to be at the meeting where there will be no organization with such great experience", Simonishvili says.
When asked whether he is going to leave the working group, Simonishvili explains that he will make a decision when he hears additional positions from the authorities regarding the mentioned fact.
For information, the non-governmental organization "Fair Elections" was not allowed to participate in the working group created for the revision of the Election Code, the first meeting of which is being held in the Parliament today.
Givi Mikanadze, the head of the working group, told journalists about this and explained the reason for the decision. According to him, "Fair Elections" lost its neutrality when it joined the demand for the dismissal of the Prime Minister. According to Mikanadze, "Fair Elections" is an organization "which falsified the results of the parallel counting of 2020, hid them for 7 weeks, and thus tarnished the image of the country".