The non-governmental organization ISFED 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, ISFED lost its neutrality when it joined the demand for the dismissal of the Prime Minister. According to Mikanadze, ISFED 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".
"This morning, the platform of the Eastern Partnership presented the names of two organizations that are represented by them to participate in this process - "Young Lawyers Association" and "Fair Elections". Despite the fact that the platform had information from us in advance that the involvement of "Fair Elections" is arguably unacceptable to us, they still presented this organization. We made a decision that "Fair Elections" will not be invited to this session and only "Young Lawyers Association" will be present.
This has its basis, which lies in the fact that non-governmental organizations can be involved in the process only if they maintain neutrality. "Fair Elections" lost this neutrality when they joined the demand for the removal of the Prime Minister during the last meeting. Therefore, it is impossible to talk about their neutrality. We have information from the platform that different organizations will participate in different meetings on a rotational basis. The door of the working group is open to any neutral non-governmental organization," said Givi Mikanadze.