Recommendations about Amendments to the Organic Law of Georgia on Political Unions of Citizens

The present document outlines joint opinion of non-governmental organizations about proposed amendments to Organic Law of Georgia about Political Unions of Citizens. Notably, the proposed draft is reflective of some of the NGOs’ recommendations, which we welcome. 

However, it modifies the notion of a donation, repealing prima Article 26 and related provisions, which may pose a certain risk of illegal flow of money in politics. Further, the proposed draft fails to address issues related to vote buying and neutrality of the State Audit Office, which is rather important for promoting transparency of political financing. The draft has not been enclosed with an explanatory note, which would have further substantiated the necessity to adopt these changes.

Party Financing ENG 28 May 2013