member of the EU Committee of the Regions : “There was a strong
will at national level to ensure that the elections were conducted properly”. Sharon Taylor
noted the work of the Central Election Commission, the professionalism of the local polling teams as well as pro-active efforts
made by the authorities to address problems during the elections. However, she pointed
out several failings that need to be tackled.
George Ugulava, newly elected Mayor of Tbilisi, stressed that the Congress’ delegation witnessed the foundation of culture of political dialogue being laid in Georgia, which replaced confrontation and mistrust among the contenders. He pointed out the unique character of the Tbilisi Mayor’s election which, for the first time, was direct and preceded by open television debates between the candidates. George Ugulava acknowledged that the existing electoral legislation had to be improved ahead of the 2012 general elections, and pointed out that the country’s new Constitution, adopted on 15 October, included a provision on local self-government.