‘Georgians Cannot Help Being Original’: the Evolution of Election Rules in the Republic of Georgia

  • Erik S. Herron
  • Irakli G. Mirzashvili
Part of the Euro-Asian Studies book series (EAS)

Abstract

‘It doesn’t matter who votes, but who counts the votes’ (attributed to Joseph Stalin)2

Just as Georgia’s most infamous son expressed cynicism about elections, so too have observers of electoral practices in the contemporary South Caucasus. International and domestic organizations have bemoaned the prevalence of biased media coverage, arbitrary and opaque decision-making, as well as outright vote theft. Credible claims of improper practices have dogged presidential, parliamentary and local elections in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. But, public protest over unfair elections generally has been ignored or repressed.

Keywords

Migration Europe Eurasia Azerbaijan Monopoly 

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