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Tuesday, May 20
Election campaigning ends on television

Television stations stopped broadcasting election campaign material last night at midnight, in accordance with Central Election Commission regulations.

A ban on releasing public opinion polls also went into effect yesterday.
(Prime News)

EU official: Elections a test of democracy

EU representative to the South Caucasus Peter Semneby said that the upcoming elections will be a test of democracy in Georgia.

“These elections are a test for democracy for Georgia. Our organization will observe not only the election process, but counting of votes,” Semneby told journalists yesterday after meeting with Republican Party representatives. Earlier in the day he met with representatives of the United Opposition, a nine-party opposition coalition.

“We discussed the pre-election situation in the regions,” he said, “we also talked about problems with elections registers. There were serious problems with registers during the presidential elections. This time these problems must be resolved.”

The same day Human Rights Ombudsman Sozar Subari met with Semneby and head of the NATO Observer Mission in Georgia Bruce George to discuss elections issues.
(Black Sea Press)

Legal aid service opens office in Ozurgeti

The Legal Aid Service of the Justice Ministry opened an office in Ozurgeti, western Georgia, yesterday.

Deputy Justice Minister Maya Kopaleishvili, head of the Legal Aid Service Rusudan Tabatadze and representatives of the local administration attended the opening ceremony.

“The opening of the Legal Aid Service office will give the local population an opportunity to defend their interests better in the court and other departments. Such offices have been opened in other regions and in future their number will increase,” Kopaleishvili said.

The office has two consultants who will offer advice to locals.

The Legal Aid Service was set up last July.
(Prime News)

Georgia to report on children’s rights protection progress

A session of the UN Committee on Child’s Rights that began yesterday will consider reports from Georgia, Bulgaria Serbia and Sierra Leone on legislative and administrative measures aimed at the protection of children’s rights.

After discussing the issues the committee will produce its conclusions and recommendations for the governments of each country.
(Black Sea Press)