2016 Parliamentary Elections

President Suggests Creation of Working Group on Constitutional Changes

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President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili has welcomed the creation of a working group to draft constitutional changes. The group is to be chaired by the President, the Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Parliament. According to the President's’ Administration, the President is ready to start consultations today regarding the structure and procedure of the group.

“We welcome the Prime Minister’s initiative to create the working group to draft constitutional changes. We think that this statement will end speculation on this subject and at the same time will answer a lot of questions. This working group should be seen as legitimate…”

Earlier today the Prime Minister of Georgia, said that “It’s of utmost importance to create a working group which will make changes with the backing of everyone in society so that no one will be able to impinge upon the government and that we will finally have a truly European and democratic Georgian constitution.”

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On October 18, Civil society representatives have called on pro-western political parties to support the opposition in runoff elections so as to prevent the Georgian Dream from gaining a constitutional majority. The group claims that this would seriously hinder the democratic processes of the country.

Several politicians from both the ruling and opposition parties have responded to the statement, such as the Executive Secretary of the Georgian Dream, Irakli Kobakhidze,claiming that the campaign against his party obtaining a constitutional majority has been organised by the United National Movement.

On October 19, Foreign Relations Secretary of the United National Movement, Giga Bokeria on the other hand responded that “it’s inadequate and frightening, when the government believes that the UNM is behind everything [the civil society group which issued the statement], which has a critical approach. This is unhealthy. That’s why, it’s everyone’s duty, regardless of their party membership, to do everything in our power to prevent a constitutional majority.”

The Central Electoral Commission has announced that a second round of voting due to take place in 50 majoritarian districts will likely take place on October 30th. Eighteen of the 50 districts are in Tbilisi.

In most districts, the runoff votes will be between candidates from the Georgian Dream and the United National Movement.

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