26-27 October 2011
delegation of the
the Council of Europeâ€™s advisory body
of independent legal
experts, together with experts from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions
and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR)
be in Georgia on 26 and 27 October 2011 to exchange views
with national authorities and other stakeholders
on the new draft Electoral Code of Georgia.
The request for opinion came from the Deputy Speaker of the Georgian Parliament
MihaÃ¯l Machavariani on 12 September 2011.
The delegation will meet with members of parliament, representatives of the
opposition and civil society as well as with the representatives of the
international community present in Georgia.
The delegation is
for the Venice
Manuel GonzÃ¡lez Oropeza â€“ substitute member, Mexico
Mr Thomas Markert â€“ Director, Secretary of the Venice Commission
Mr Gael Martin-Micallef â€“ Elections Project
officer, Division of Elections and Referendums, Secretariat of the Venice
Armin Rabitsch, Senior Election Advisor
Following this visit, a draft opinion (prepared jointly by rapporteurs of the
Venice Commission and experts of the OSCE/ODIHR) will be finalised and submitted
to the Venice Commission for possible adoption at its December 2011 plenary
A press briefing
is scheduled on 27 October 2011 between 13h45 and 14h15 at the Parliament.
Advisor to the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia
Tel.: + 995 32 2 91 38 70 / 71/ 72/ 73
External Relations Officer, Venice Commission
+33 388 41 3868; mob. +33676720402; email:
For more information see: www.coe.int / www.coe.ge