Posts by Nino Lomjaria:

Opinion

Local government after the parliamentary elections

by | Dec 29

The victory of the opposition in the October 1, 2012 parliamentary election created an unusual political situation for Georgia: the majority in parliament and the local governments are controlled by two different political forces, the ruling and the opposition party.

Opinion

Should we expect more unexpected initiatives regarding party financing?

by | Oct 31

On 22 October, local non-government organizations met representatives of the Analytical Department of the Ministry of Justice. At the meeting, the Ministry declared that it intends to present legislative initiatives regarding party financing to the parliament of Georgia which would reflect the recommendations offered by local and international organizations (GRECO, CoU) meant to deal with corruption in the funding of political parties. Together with the recommendations aiming at increasing transparency in party financing, the Ministry proposed regulations limiting and in certain cases restricting political party financing, a measure which contradicts certain provisions of the June 27, 2011 agreement between the ruling party and 7 political parties. It was clear, that besides international and local observers recommendations, the Ministry of Justice considered it appropriate to introduce restriction on legal entities in whether they may contribute to a political party or donate to a party’s election Campaign Fund. It is worth mentioning, that although the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers recommends that member states”take measures aimed at limiting, prohibiting or otherwise strictly regulating donations from legal entities”, in the recommendations directed at ...

Opinion

If Georgia wants to have fair elections…

by | Oct 24

A number of circumstances determine fairness of elections in Georgia. Among them are the electoral system, transparency of political party financing, the scale of the use of administrative resources for the purpose of party campaigning, accuracy of the voters’ list, the level of civic education, the existence of free media, independent judiciary, active civil society and a strong opposition in the country. It’s hard to say which of them make elections fair, the fact is, that we cannot make considerable improvement of the electoral environment unless the progress refers to all the above listed factors. The electoral system plays the essential role in the process. It is important to note, that ongoing reform of the Electoral Code slightly changes the existing electoral system by increasing the number of MPs,  leaving unsolved the main issue, which is the disproportion between the number of votes received by a political party and the number of mandates in parliament.  For example, under the existing electoral system, a political party which gets thirty percent or more of the votes in both the majoritarian and the proportional system ...

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