Maria Jufereva-Skuratovski: I call on the ruling party and the opposition parties to launch large-scale negotiations and take the opportunity to work in parliament together

I call on the ruling party and the opposition parties to launch large-scale negotiations and take the opportunity to work in parliament together. We see that boycott is not the best way to represent the interests of population and stand for the rule of law and human rights, - stated Estonian deputy Maria Jufereva-Skuratovski at the winter plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), where debates on the Georgian October 31 parliamentary elections were held.

"First, on behalf of the ALDE group I call on the ruling party and the opposition parties to launch large-scale negotiations and take the opportunity to work in parliament together. We see that boycott is not the best way to represent the interests of population and stand for the rule of law and human rights.

Second, we do not support the initiative of the ruling party to withdraw budgetary fundings and other benefits from those parties which do not take up their mandates in parliament. We see that this measure could result in a worsening political situation. We all are looking forward to the evaluation of the Venice Commission in this respect.

Third, we appreciate the creation of a committee on the investigation of violations which occured during the last elections.

Fourth, we appreciate the reform of the election system: in 2024 the parliamentary elections will be conducted fully on the principles of the proportional system.

Fifth, we suggest implementing means of electronic elections besides use of the traditional balloting system", - stated Jufereva-Skuratovski.

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