December 15, 2016
Majoritarian component of the 2016 parliamentary elections was held in electoral districts established on the basis of equal distribution. Therefore, improvement and facilitation of communication between constituents and majoritarian members of the parliament require making of corresponding changes in rules for determination of a location of bureaus of majoritarian MPs and for funding.
June 8, 2016
On June 8, 2016, the Prime Minister countersigned the President’s Decree on calling of elections and the decree was published on the CEC website, which marked the formal launch of the pre-election campaign. During the pre-election period, a special set of standards applies to political parties, candidates, civil servants, local self-governments, political office holders, media and the electoral management body (EMB).
March 24, 2016
In summer of 2014, a professor of U.S. history in Yale University, Beverly Gage, while researching biography of former FBI Director John Edgar Hoover in the national archives, found an uncensored letter folded in a classified file. The letter was addressed to Martin Luther King. Beverly Gage then published an astonishing essay about the letter in New York Times, providing a detailed account of how FBI blackmailed MLK and consequences of the blackmail.
March 21, 2016
With the upcoming elections, monitoring of financial transparency of political parties and associated individuals, and lawfulness of their expenditures become a matter of concern. Regulation of these issues is linked to important matters like equal electoral environment, competition and stable political system in the country.
March 15, 2016
Tbilisi Mayor’s pre-election pledge to plant million trees was met by mixed reactions at the time of its unveiling. Some questioned feasibility of the initiative – where should the trees be planted? Who will take care of them? What is more important – quality or quantity?!
December 21, 2015
Based on the draft Law about 2016 State Budget of Georgia, teacher compensations and pensions will be increased ahead of the October 2016 parliamentary elections.
June 29, 2015
The existing electoral system fails to ensure that votes are translated into seats in a proportionate manner1 – fact that no one is disputing anymore. Rather, the principle of equality of suffrage is violated2 and the number of wasted votes is high.