Joint Briefing by Shalva Papuashvili and Levan Ioseliani

04 Feb 2021
Joint Briefing by Shalva Papuashvili and Levan Ioseliani

Shalva Papuashvili, from Georgian Dream Faction, and Levan Ioseliani, from Citizens’ Party, held a joint briefing regarding the set-up of a working group on election reform.

"Since the Georgian Dream came to power, all elections in Georgia have been recognized by internationally recognized organizations as credible, transparent and competitive. Nevertheless, the Georgian Dream did its best to refine the electoral system as much as possible and eliminate even the small shortcomings that accompanied the electoral process in previous years. We, as the ruling party, are well aware of the responsibility that the society has entrusted us during the 2020 Parliamentary Elections.

Therefore, in order to raise the political culture of our country to a higher level, maximize the electoral system, eliminate any skepticism and unsubstantiated interpretations regarding all subsequent elections, a working group will be set up in the legislature to prepare large-scale electoral reform”, -Sh. Papuashvili stated.

The Memorandum of Understanding on Electoral Reform consists of more than ten items and provides for changes and refinement of procedures in a number of areas, including:

  • The rules for the composition of the Central, District and Precinct Election Commissions, including the CEC Chairperson, will be changed.
  • Norms on the use of administrative resources will be revised in line with OSCE/ODIHR recommendations. Also, the norms related to the handling of election disputes will be revised in order to ensure timely, transparent and proper resolution of disputes.
  • In the big cities of Georgia, self-government elections will be held in a ratio of four to one between proportional and majoritarian electoral systems. In other municipalities the ratio is determined individually, with a ratio of at least two to one in favor of a proportional system.
  • Most importantly, electronic technologies will be introduced, which eliminates both any manipulation and human error, and permanently excludes the 30-year-old problem of unbalanced protocols.

As Sh. Papuashvili noted, the reduction of the election threshold to 0-3% will be considered if the number of deputies (113 deputies) needed to implement the constitutional amendment enters the Parliament.

The group is chaired by Shalva Papuashvili and Levan Ioseliani.

The Working Group, along with parliamentary parties, will include NGOs and international partners.

Relevant bills will be submitted to the Parliament no later than March 1, 2021, and the adoption should take place before May 1, 2021.

Sh. Papuashvili once again called on those parties that refuse to participate in the parliamentary work.

"We signed a memorandum with the "Georgian Dream". We had to overcome a lot of obstacles, but despite everything, we signed the document and today we are already working to hold every subsequent election in this country without carousel voting, dead souls, unbalanced protocols and a thousand other manipulations. All other elections in this country, for the first time in 30 years since independence, should be transparent and the main question should no longer be asked - have the elections been rigged?! This is what we, the Citizens' Party, fought for and this is what we believe we have gained", - L. Ioseliani commented and noted the contribution of opposition colleagues.

"I do not want to take the contribution of our opposition colleagues for granted. I do not want to say that this is exclusively our achievement. They have started working with us on this issue and I will address them again - come to the Parliament and bring this case to an end! Stand by our side and bequeath the electoral reform to this country, because this is the solution", - L. Ioseliani added.

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