Grigory Marakutsa: the degree of transparency and openness of holding elections in Abkhazia can serve as an example for other states
Sukhum. March 12. Apsnypress. Damey Kaslandziya. At a press conference in the Central Election Commission of Abkhazia, Grigory Marakutsa, an observer from the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, Secretary General of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Member States of the Community for Democracy and Peoples' Rights, briefed on the work of elections.
Grigory Marakutsa reported on the voting process: "The degree of transparency and openness of holding elections in Abkhazia can serve as an example for other states. As an observer, I visited several sites: in Gagra, Pitsunda, Gudauta and in Sukhum. According to my observations, approximately, about one third of the list of voters has already voted. And, given the standard of 25% turnout, elections in these regions have practically taken place".
At the same time, the observer from the PMR stressed: "Serious violations that could affect the election were not found".
Nevertheless, Marakutsa noted the shortcomings: "I wanted to note the general shortcoming, these are very small and uncomfortable halls in which the voting takes place. People stand in line on the street, and there is no comfort for them. I think this is not quite right and we need to work in this direction. In addition, the voting booths are too open. With a strong desire, you can see who the voter voted for."
The observer also noted that the additional lists constitute an absolutely small percentage of the total number of voters.