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Tbilisi. The interdepartmental Commission for Free and Fair Elections at the National Security Council (NSC) of Georgia started working, the NSC reported on at the end of last week.
"With the aim of holding 2012 parliamentary elections fairly and transparently, the Commission promotes coordination of activity of different governmental departments and hold a dialogue with all sides, involved in the elections. The Commission will cooperate with political parties, local NGOs as well as international organizations and observers", the statement reads.
Under the Charter, the Commission is authorized to probe into information on the election process, the Mass Media's information and, in case of necessity, to elaborate proposals and recommendations for state officials and administration bodies, to react to exposed facts.
The Commission has been set up on the basis of the new Election Code, which was passed in January. It is headed by the Secretary of NSC of Georgia Giga Bokeria. The Commission comprises first deputy Interior Minister Yekaterinal Zguladze, first deputy Justice Minister Tina Burjaliani, first deputy Minister of Finance Papuna Petriashvili, first deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Jambul Bakuradze, deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Sergy Kapanadze and deputy Secretary of the National Security Council Tamar Kintsurashvili.
"The task of the Georgian authorities and the whole Georgian society is to hold the forthcoming parliamentary elections in October not only fairly and freely, I am sure it will be so, but to hold them qualitatively better than the previous elections", Bokeria told on air of "Imedi" TV Company.
He noted that under the law, the Commission was to be set up till July 1, but the authorities decided to form it by May 118.