Inclusion of Marginalized Communities in Georgia

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16 Oct 2013

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Georgian democracy is burgeoning, and elections are becoming more transparent and credible.

 

However, for many years, non-Georgian speaking regions of the country have been disenfranchised, as election information has been historically distributed only in the Georgian language. This marginalized Azerbaijani and Armenian communities from political and electoral processes. As Georgians prepare for the October 2013 presidential elections, the election commission has taken important steps to increase inclusion for underrepresented and language-minority communities in Georgia.

 

This podcast features Anthony Bowyer, IFES Senior Program Manager for the Caucasus and Central Asia. He stresses the importance of giving a voice to these communities, and steps the election commission of Georgia is taking to increase representation.