Presidential Elections 2013

ISFED: Cartu Foundation activities can be qualified as voter bribery


Non-governmental organization International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) said in its first report on pre-election campaign of Presidential Elections 2013 issued on 22 July that the activities of Cartu Foundation "can be qualified as voter bribery."

According to the report, ISFED refers to Cartu Foundation's project on preferential agriculture credits. "The project is aimed at giving out low interest rate agriculture credits. The activity, carried out by the legal entity associated with the person with electoral goals, aimed at material interests of the electors, contradicts with the regulations defined by the organic law on the political unions of the citizens," the report reads.

Director of ISFED, Nino Lomjaria called on the Foundation to suspend transferring funds to the agriculture fund. "With these funds agriculture projects are being funded. Ordinary citizens are using these projects, so this can be qualified as voter bribery. Primer Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and Interior Minister Irakli Garibashvili are linked with Cartu Foundation. That's why I call on the Fund to suspend transferring money in the agriculture fund," Lomjaria said.


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