IRI, NDI to send observers to Georgia for parliamentary elections
United States government has allocated two million US dollars to sponsor the presence of international observers at the parliamentary elections in Georgia this fall. The representatives of the International Republican Institute [IRI] and National-Democratic Institute [NDI] will arrive in Georgia on July 18th, 2012 - ambassador of the United States to Georgia John Bass announced today. The observers will monitor not only the process of vote, but the pre-election campaigns as well. International observers will be sent to all regions of Georgia. Ambassador also voiced a new initiative of the U.S. government, which is going to facilitate involvement of women candidates in election process.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Davit Zalkaliani says the presence of two delegations to the UN General Assembly will only affect the reputation of Georgia abroad. Davit Zalkaliani says the Minister, Maia Panjikidze will try to convince the President to cancel his visit to New York.
The delegation of the European Parliament holds meetings with Georgian officials within the two-day visit to Georgia. Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili hosted the head of the delegation, MP Andrejs Mamikins to discuss the Georgia-EU relations and the prospects for further cooperation.
Police have arrested a 28 year-old man for illicit purchase and carrying of weapons. The police seized the Kalashnikov machine gun with cartridges along with other types of pistol guns after the search of his apartment.
The police raids were followed with some incidents and detentions in Tbilisi. The interior ministry launched intensive police raids in Tbilisi streets as a preventive measure against the numerous murders and robberies in the city, which raised public concerns on growth of violence and deterioration of scales of crime.
Kindergartens throughout Georgia have resumed to work from today. About 50 thousand children are registered at Georgia`s kindergartens, according to the latest report. Tbilisi mayor visited N171 kindergarten of Tbilisi today.