Everything "for" and "against": politicians have decided on a favorite for the post of head of the CEC of Georgia

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All “for” and “against”: politicians have decided on a favorite for the post of head of the CEC of Georgia

All “for” and “against”: politicians have decided on a favorite for the post of head of the CEC of Georgia

While the Commission under the President of Georgia is interviewing candidates, Georgian politicians have already decided on their favorite 01/14/2022, Sputnik Georgia

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TBILISI, Jan 14 – Sputnik. The list of candidates for the post of head of the Central Election Commission of Georgia, presented by the presidential administration, caused a strong reaction in the political circles of the country. According to the website of the Presidential Administration, four candidates are running for the post of CEC Chairman: Giorgi Kalandarishvili, current head of the Central Election Commission, Tamaz Poladashvili, chairman of the Vake district commission, Tengiz Tevzadze, lecturer at the State Technical University and constitutionalist, and Giorgi Shaishmelashvili, founder of the Energy Association. This time, all leading non-governmental organizations of the country refused to participate in the selection of candidates. According to her, during the work last year, some members of the commission showed their bias and bias in the selection of candidates for the post of head of the CEC. The position of the authorities According to representatives of the ruling Georgian Dream party , which has 83 votes in the Parliament of Georgia, the most worthy of all those represented is the current head of the CEC of the country, Giorgi Kalandarishvili. “Georgi Kalandarishvili has all the conditions to be elected. But this is not inevitable, everyone needs to be considered. But his chances are good, as he showed himself well both during the election and during the elections,” said the head of the human rights committee, Mikhail Sarjveladze. The chairman of the parliament, Shalva Papuashvili, was more reserved in his assessment. “As for the issue of individual candidates, we’ll tell you all in due time. For the time being, they must be elected by a commission so that the parliament will take up this process,” Papuashvili said. At the same time, he accused the country’s leading non-governmental organizations and part of the opposition of trying to discredit the process.” was approved with the participation of NGOs and opposition parties. And now we see how certain parties and organizations are trying to discredit this process,” Papuashvili said. Opposition assessmentThe ruling party and its favorite Giorgi Kalandarishvili have support in the parliamentary opposition as well. We have no arguments why we should not support him. According to international organizations, the CEC worked effectively and in an organized manner during the elections,” said Aleko Elisashvili, leader of the Citizens parliamentary party. But the Girchi party has not yet decided on their support. But representatives of another opposition party, Strategy Agmashenebeli “have stated in advance that they will not support any of the candidates presented by the president.” They will select only pre-agreed and verified candidates whom they trust. We did not support them last year, and we will not support them now,” MP from the party Paata Manjgaladze said. will select from the list of two candidates for the post of CEC chairman and present them to the parliament.The deputies will listen to the candidates and the voting procedure will begin.The candidate who receives the support of 2/3 of the deputies out of 148 currently represented in parliament will become the chairman of the CEC.If none of the candidates will not receive such support, a second vote will be held, and the candidate who received the majority of the votes of the deputies will become the head of the Georgian CEC. seats in order to nominate their own candidate for the post of chairman of the Central Election Commission of Georgia during the second voting. Subscribe to video news from Georgia on our YouTube channel.

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While the Commission under the President of Georgia is conducting interviews with candidates, Georgian politicians have already decided on their favorite

TBILISI, Jan 14 – Sputnik. The list of candidates for the post of head of the Central Election Commission of Georgia, presented by the presidential administration, caused a strong reaction in the political circles of the country.

According to the website of the presidential administration, four candidates are running for the post of CEC chairman: current head of the Central Election Commission Giorgi Kalandarishvili, chairman of the district commission Vake Tamaz Poladashvili, lecturer at the State Technical University and constitutionalist Tengiz Tevzadze, and founder of the Energy Association Giorgi Shaishmelashvili.

NGOs on the sidelines

This time, all leading non-governmental organizations of the country refused to present their candidacy and participate in the selection of candidates.

“After the announcement of the competition, we received an invitation to take part in the work of the commission for the selection of contestants, but when we saw the composition of this commission, we refused to take part in it,” said Nino Dolidze, executive director of the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy NGO.

According to her, during the work last year, some members of the commission showed their bias and bias in the selection of candidates for the post of head of the CEC.

The position of the authorities

According to representatives of the ruling Georgian Dream party, which has 83 votes in the Georgian parliament, the most worthy of all those represented is the current head of the country’s Central Election Commission, Giorgi Kalandarishvili.

“Giorgi Kalandarishvili has all the conditions to be elected. But this is not inevitable, everyone should be considered. But he has good chances, as he showed himself well both during the election and during the elections,” said the head of the committee for Human Rights Mikhail Sarjveladze.

Kalandarishvili again claims the post of chairman of the CEC of Georgia

Shalva Papuashvili, Chairman of the Parliament, was more restrained in his assessment.

“As for the issue of individual candidates, we will say everything in due time. For the time being, they must be elected by a commission so that the parliament can take up this process,” Papuashvili said.

At the same time, he accused the country’s leading non-governmental organizations and part of the opposition of trying to discredit the process.

“The process of electing the chairman and members of the CEC is a procedure agreed within the framework of the electoral reform, which was approved with the participation of NGOs and opposition parties. And now we see how individual parties and organizations are trying to discredit this process,” Papuashvili said.

Opposition score

The ruling party and its favorite Giorgi Kalandarishvili have support in the parliamentary opposition as well.

“I still can’t say for sure whether we will support Kalandarishvili, but we don’t have any arguments why we shouldn’t support him. According to international organizations, the Central Election Commission worked effectively and in an organized manner during the elections,” said the leader of the parliamentary party Citizens Aleko Elisashvili.

But the party “Girchi” has not yet decided on its support.

“We saw that the last elections were standard Georgian elections with violations and bribery, but they were conducted well. International observers also said this, but until we decide whether to support Kalandarishvili or not, we will have consultations,” German party spokesman said. Sabo.

But representatives of another opposition party, Strategy Agmashenebeli, announced in advance that they would not support any of the candidates presented by the president.

“They will elect only pre-agreed and verified candidates whom they trust. We did not support them last year, and we will not support them now,” Paata Manjgaladze, an MP from the party, said.

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The rest of the opposition parties represented in the parliament have so far refrained from commenting on the candidates for the post of head of the CEC chairman.

What’s on the protocol

According to the procedure, the President of Georgia will select from the list of two candidates for the post of CEC Chairman and present them to the Parliament.

The deputies will listen to the candidates, and the voting procedure will begin. The CEC chairman will be the candidate who receives the support of 2/3 of the deputies out of 148 currently represented in the parliament.

If none of the candidates receives such support, a second vote will be held, and the candidate who receives the majority of the votes of deputies will become the head of the CEC of Georgia.

To date, no party has 2/3 of the vote to secure support for any of the candidates. However, the “Georgian Dream” has enough seats to put its own candidate for the post of chairman of the Central Election Commission of Georgia in the repeat voting.

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