It is a universal civil and political right that every citizen has the right, on a non-discriminatory basis and without unreasonable restrictions to: (1) take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly or through freely chosen representatives; (2) vote and to be elected at genuine periodic elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot, guaranteeing the free expression of the will of the electors; and (3) have access, on general terms of equality, to public service in his or her country. The Georgian Election Code does not fully satisfy these basic principles as it contains provisions that unduly deny the right to vote, limit candidacy rights, and prevent an elected candidate from completing the mandate of elected office.
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