Elections

Voter’s list shrinks ahead of local election in Georgia

by | Apr 22
by-election Nadzaladevi ii 2013-04-27

TBILISI, DFWatch--There are 3.49 million registered voters for Georgia’s June 15 local elections. This marks a gradual reduction in the Georgian ...

Elections

PM announces ‘moratorium’ on prosecuting ex-officials

by | Apr 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia has introduced a 'moratorium' on prosecuting former officials from the National Movement party of Mikheil ...

Elections

Georgia to hold local elections on June 15

by | Apr 14
Maya Panjikidze

TBILISI, DFWatch--The 2014 local elections in Georgia will be held on June 15. This is decided in a decree by ...

Elections

Georgia may limit questioning of politicians ahead of election

by | Apr 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani wants guidelines for criminal investigations involving people running in the local election in June. Tsulukiani ...

Elections

Georgia creates commission to handle election violations

by | Apr 7
thea_tsulukiani_Crop

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has created an interagency commission to handle violations ahead of the local elections, slated for June. The commission will ...

Elections

Georgian PM wants 50% first past the post threshold

by | Feb 18
irakli_gharibashvili_02_-_2014-01-16

TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili proposes to raise the threshold for winning in the first round of local elections to ...

Elections

Georgia’s ruling coalition promises clean local election

by | Feb 16
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian Dream coalition promises that there will not be fraud in the upcoming local elections, as the voters’ ...

Elections

Georgian gov’t updating legislation ahead of local election

by | Feb 10
davit_usupashvili_2

TBILISI, DFWatch--In a week the government in Georgia will decide whether to follow recommendations and proposals made by the non-parliamentary ...

Elections

Biometric voter’s list may not be used in Georgia’s local election

by | Feb 3
preparing_voting-papers_at_number_4_precinct_Tbilisi_2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--A biometric election list may not be ready for the upcoming local elections in Georgia, which will be held ...

Elections

Burjanadze fined USD 36 600 for campaign financing violation

by | Jan 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The State Audit Office in Georgia has fined the party led by opposition figure Nino Burjanadze, Democratic Movement, 65 ...

Elections

Georgia to hold local elections in June 2014

by | Dec 6
davit_berdzenishvili_IPN

TBILISI, DFWatch--The local elections in Georgia will be held in June 2014, instead of May, the parliamentary majority says. The last ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Ivanishvili demoted Alasania to end speculation

by | Jan 24
bidzina ivanishvili - davos - 2013-01-24

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Georgia’s Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says the reason he removed Defense Minister Irakli Alasania from his post ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Alasania to focus on defense

by | Jan 23
irakli alasania - giorgi kikadze funeral 2013-01-05 IPN

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has relieved Defense Minister Irakli Alasania of his additional responsibilities as vice ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Alasania not a candidate for president

by | Jan 23
irakli alasania - giorgi kikadze funeral

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Defense Minister Irakli Alasania says the Georgian Dream coalition has had ‘an awkward discussion’ about selecting a ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Repeat elections give Georgian Dream the upper hand

by | Oct 15
repeat election - korpusi

TBILISI, DFWatch -- There were repeat elections at eleven precincts in three regions of Georgia on Sunday. According to the Central ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Repeat elections in Georgia due to serious fraud

by | Oct 14
repeat elections 2012-10-14

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Eleven precincts in three districts in Georgia are holding repeat elections Sunday, because of grave irregularities which ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

More elections in Georgia following violations

by | Oct 12
specraz khashuri

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Several election districts in Georgia will have to vote again on October 14 because the results of ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Georgian Dream activists accused of violence

by | Oct 10
marneuli election commission incident 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch -- The physical harassment and psychological pressure against the district election commissions is continuing. Activists from the Georgian Dream ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Counting completed, many complaints

by | Oct 5
eka azarashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Four days after the election, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said the counting of votes had been ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Video shows armed attack on voting precinct

by | Oct 5
armed man at khashuri precinct 2012-10-01

TBILISI, DFWatch -- A video was publishedThursday showing a person wearing a mask breaking into one of the election precincts ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Wave of demonstrations against election fraud

by | Oct 4
protest against district election commission in Zugdidi - 2012-10-04

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgian Dream and others are protesting outside the election commission offices in nineteen one-past-the-post districts where the ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Saakashvili lost in his favorite region

by | Oct 4
mikheil saakashvili - batumi

TBILISI, DFWatch -- President Mikheil Saakashvili's party lost the election in the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. This is his favorite region ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Clinton congratulates Georgian election winners

by | Oct 3
Hillary_Clinton_2012-06-05ii_IPN

TBILISI, DFWatch – The U.S. Secretary of State responded to Monday’s election in Georgia congratulating Georgians on their peaceful and ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Counting of votes almost completed

by | Oct 3
celebrating victory

TBILISI, DFWatch – The counting of votes is almost finished in Georgia and results show that the opposition leads with ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Most violations were not grave, ISFED found

by | Oct 3
ISFED

TBILISI, DFWatch – International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) summed up events on Election Day and reported about ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Parallel vote counting confirms opposition win

by | Oct 2
isfed

TBILISI, DFWatch – A group carrying out parallel vote counting has estimated that Georgian Dream won by 54.6 to 40.7 ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Georgian election was competitive, OSCE finds

by | Oct 2
OSCE press conference 2012-10-02

TBILISI, DFWatch – OSCE says Georgia made an important step in consolidating the conduct of democratic elections, but there are ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Call for results to be annulled

by | Oct 2
cesko zurab kharatishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch – The election result from several precincts in three districts of Georgia may be annulled, says the head ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Oppositon victory in Georgia election

by | Oct 2
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TBILISI, DFWatch – Official results from the Central Election Commission at 06:20 am local time showed that the opposition Georgian ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Police storm election precincts in Georgia

by | Oct 2
specraz khashuri

TBILISI, DFWatch – Special police forces stormed several election precincts in Georgia, seized the ballot box and rewrote the protocol, ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Young lawyers found violations

by | Oct 2
tamar chugoshvili

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgian Young Lawyer's Association discovered many violations during the election October 1. At a press conference 21:00 GYLA ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Opposition takes all seats from Tbilisi

by | Oct 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch – According to Maestro TV's exit poll, the opposition Georgian Dream coalition is set to win also in ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Violations continued during election day

by | Oct 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch – Another series of violations are regularly reported through local non-government organizations, media outlets and social networks from ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Georgian leader concedes partial defeat

by | Oct 1
mikheil saakashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili concedes that his National Movement party has been defeated in the parliamentary election ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Opposition predicted to win Georgian election

by | Oct 1
bidzina ivanishvili - at voting precinct 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – All the exit polls published after voting ended show that the opposition has won the election in ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Ivanishvili has not voted

by | Oct 1
bidzina ivanishvili - eka khvedelidze 2012-10-01

TBILISI, DFWatch – The leader of Georgia's opposition coalition has not voted in Monday's parliamentary election. Bidzina Ivanishvili, leader of Georgian ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Reports of violations

by | Oct 1
queue of voters 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Local non-governmental organizations are reporting about different kinds of violations in Monday's election. Transparency International Georgia (TI) reports ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Historic Georgian election underway

by | Oct 1
voters tbilisi 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – In Georgia the most important election in recent history is underway. According to the Central Election Commission, there ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

Ten month old’s tragic death seen as political

by | Oct 1
Maia_Panjikidze

TBILISI, DFWatch – The kidnapping and killing of a 10 months old girl from an opposition activists' family has pushed ...

Elections, Elections '12-'13, News

61 000 local observers to follow election

by | Oct 1
cesko_CEC

TBILISI, DFWatch – An unprecedented 61 000 local observers will follow tomorrow's parliamentary election, head of the Central Election Commission ...

Elections, News

Ivanishvili confident ahead of election

by | Sep 30
bidzina ivanishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch – The leader of the largest opposition coalition says there will be set a new precedent in Georgia’s ...

Elections, News

Patriarch Ilia II hopes for a fair election

by | Sep 30
ilia patriarch

TBILISI, DFWatch – The Georgian patriarch on Sunday stated that he expects Monday’s election to be without fraud and that ...

Elections, News

Opposition’s last mass rally ahead of important vote

by | Sep 29
bidzina ivanishvili freedom square 2012-09-29

TBILISI, DFWatch – The Georgian Dream coalition which is challenging President Saakashvili's power in Monday's parliamentary election, mobilized over a ...

Elections, News

Georgian leader holds ‘most grandiose event ever’

by | Sep 29
mikheil saakashvili 2012-09-28

TBILISI, DFWatch - The party currently in power in Georgia Friday organized a rally counting thousands at the national football ...

Elections, News

Court rejects appeal against photo ban

by | Sep 28
cesko_CEC

TBILISI, DFWatch – A court in Georgia has ruled that the Central Election Commission's decision to establish tight regulations for ...

Elections, News

CEC introduces de facto photo ban at precincts

by | Sep 25
cesko_CEC

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) has established many prohibitions on the use of photographic equipment at election ...

Elections, News

Emigrants return to Georgia to defend democracy

by | Sep 18
emigrants

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian emigrants Monday returned to their homeland to protest the restriction of their right to vote. A number ...

Elections, News

Ivanishvili denies rumours of Brussels meeting

by | Sep 15
Bidzina_Ivanishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch – The largest opposition bloc in Georgia refuses to sign a code of conduct signed by other political ...

Elections, News

CoE election observers visit Georgia

by | Sep 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch - Representatives of the Council of Europe's observer mission will arrive in Georgia next week in order to ...

Elections, News

Opposition claims government wants to falsify election

by | Sep 6
zakaria_kutsnashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch – The opposition Georgian Dream party accuses government of attempting to legally falsify the parliamentary election. One of the ...

Elections, News

Groups demand to change election date for emigrants

by | Sep 6
ballot_box-155x130

TBILISI, DFWatch – Democracy groups demand that the date of the parliamentary is brought forward for Georgians living abroad. The election ...

Elections, News

NDI report highlights bias in application of law

by | Sep 4
NDI

TBILISI, DFWatch - The seizing of the bank accounts of an opposition figure and his partner, a former AC Milan ...

Elections, News

Georgian opposition hit by yet another fine

by | Sep 3
tina_khidasheli_IPN

TBILISI, DFWatch – The largest opposition coalition in Georgia may be fined again, after the State Audit Office has said ...

Elections, News

Activists of the ruling party are distributing products to citizens

by | Sep 2
transparency_international1

TBILISI, DFWatch - People dressed in National Movement t-shirts are handing out gifts to people Telavi, a town in eastern ...

Elections, News

Democracy groups in Georgia go on the offensive

by | Aug 30
platform

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian National Platform, a coalition of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), has released a statement regarding the period ...

Elections, News

Audit agency fines pro-government campaign group

by | Aug 28
Giga Nasaridze

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia's State Audit Service wants to fine a non-governmental organization (NGO) which supports the government by 5 ...

Elections, News

Eleven parties and blocs agree to campaign financing

by | Aug 27
cesko_CEC

TBILISI, DFWatch - Eleven party lists and coalitions have agreed to election campaign financing. Central Election Commission informs that Freedom to ...

Elections, News

Pro-democracy group: violations are harming the election process

by | Aug 25
Terry Benham

TBILISI, DFWatch – An American pro-democracy group says it's questionable whether there is rule of law in Georgia. The non-government organization ...

Elections, News

Saakahsvili to deal with problems in the election environment

by | Aug 24
manana_manjgaladze

TBILISI, DFWatch - A spokesperson for President Mikheil Saakahsvili says the president is thankful to a delegation from OSCE's Parliamentary ...

Elections, News

Observers say Georgia’s election campaign has signs of Leninism

by | Aug 24
OSCE

TBILISI, DFWatch – A delegation from the OSCE's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) which is in Georgia to observe the election says ...

Elections, News

ODIHR arrives in Georgia to observe the election

by | Aug 23
ODIHR

TBILISI, DFWatch – Observers from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) are now in place in Tbilisi ...

Elections, News

CoE expresses concern about campaign finance measures

by | Aug 21
PACE

Two officials in the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) in a new statement express concern about how Georgia's authorities ...

Elections, News

Opposition bloc in Georgia signs code of conduct

by | Aug 21
maya_panjikidze

TBILISI, DFWatch – The largest opposition bloc in Georgia has decided to join the code of conduct for political parties. The ...

Elections, News

Georgian Dream denied to use number 7 on the ballot

by | Aug 20
Maia_Panjikidze

TBILISI, DFWatch – The largest opposition bloc in Georgia was denied to register under the number seven on the ballot ...

Elections, News

Political parties agree to rules of conduct

by | Aug 20
ballot_box

TBILISI, DFWatch - Political parties in Georgia are ready to agree with rules of conduct prepared by the campaign This ...

Elections, News

OSCE tops arrive in Georgia to discuss October election

by | Aug 18
osce

TBILISI, DFWatch - Riccardo Migliori, President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, will arrive in Georgia for the election period, together ...

Elections, News

Government commission warns against local transgressions

by | Aug 18
tamar_kintsurashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch – The inter-agency commission tasked with monitoring the election process calls on local governments not to place party ...

Elections, News

Georgian Dream names candidates to Adjarian council

by | Aug 16
bidzina_ivanishvili_ozurgeti

TBILISI, DFWatch - The opposition Georgian Dream coalition continues to name its majoritarian. This time the candidates for the High ...

Elections, News

Info9 cameraman beaten by local official

by | Aug 16
davit_chavleishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch - A cameraman for an opposition affiliated media outlet was today beaten by a local employee of Lanchkhuti ...

Elections, News

Ivanishvili names Irakli Alasania as candidate for Samegrelo

by | Aug 15
irakli_alasania2

TBILISI, DFWatch - Bidzina Ivanishvili, the Georgian president’s main competitor, plans to win in the western Samegrelo region by having ...

Elections, News

Georgian opposition asks world to react to election violations

by | Aug 15
irakli_alasania

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian Dream, the strongest competitor to the party of Presidential Mikheil Saakashvili, calls on foreign diplomats and ...

Elections, News

Plan for Georgian election observers still pending

by | Aug 13
ballot_box

TBILISI, DFWatch – It is still unknown when international observers will start monitoring the election in Georgia. Parliamentary elections are scheduled ...

Elections, News

3.6 million voters will decide election in Georgia

by | Aug 7
ballot_box

TBILISI, DFWatch - There are 3 621 256 voters in Georgia, according to Central Election Commission's (CEC) preliminary data, which ...

Elections, News

Who is to blame for election violence in Georgia?

by | Aug 6
bidzina_ivanishvili_2012-04-05

TBILISI, DFWatch – In Georgia, the government's main competitor, Georgian Dream, claims that they support fair and free elections and ...

Elections, News

U.N. Envoy criticizes Georgia for not respecting human rights

by | Feb 14
Maina_KIai

TBILISI, DFWatch - A United Nations envoy says the new party finance rules Georgia introduced in December are a violation ...

Elections, News

Georgia increases subsidy for political ads

by | Jan 30
pavle_kublashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch - The government in Georgia increases the state funding of political TV ads to create a more level ...

Elections, News

Opposition must return tycoon’s gifts

by | Dec 28

TBILISI, DFWatch - The political partners of the Georgian tycoon turned opposition leader will have to return the money they ...

Elections, Media, News

Access to media crucial in 2012 election

by | Dec 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch - As a bundle of election related bills are up for final review in parliament, it became clear ...

Elections, News

NGOs warn: unfair election system

by | Dec 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch - Tuesday Georgia's new election system should have been passed in parliament, but the package of bills was ...

Elections, News

Delay in electoral roll check

by | Nov 6

TBILISI, DFWatch - As less than a year is left until Georgians will go to the polls again, the government ...

Elections, News

Election reform is postponed

by | Oct 30

TBILISI, DFWatch - The election reform has been postponed for two months. It should have ended by the end of ...

Elections, News

Opposition feels targeted by ban on loyalty gifts

by | Oct 18
Bribe

Georgia's ruling party has made it illegal for a political candidate to let him or herself be caught up in ...

Elections, Legal reform, News

Groups boycott right-to-vote reform

by | Oct 15
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Three rights groups refuse to take part in a new system meant to guarantee every Georgian the right to vote, ...

Elections, Legal reform, News

CoE to Georgia: No more surprises, please

by | Oct 13
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Two observers from the Council of Europe (CoE) have asked Georgia's ruling party to stop coming up with surprise changes ...

Elections, Europe, Legal reform, News, Politics

Political Tbilisi skeptical to proposed new election system

by | Oct 3

Work to improve the Georgian election environment has ended as a draft has been sent off to the Council of ...

Elections, Europe, Legal reform, News

Ruling party’s latest election law maneuver a setback for democracy

by | Oct 2

Three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are seriously concerned after the government's sudden changes to the draft for a new election law. Now ...

Elections, Legal reform, News, Politics

Government introduces surprise changes in new election law

by | Sep 23

After reaching a hard-fought agreement with several opposition parties, the ruling party has introduced significant changes in the draft for ...

Elections, News

Leak shows U.S. believed secret tapes ‘turned the tide’ for Saakashvili in 2008 election

by | Sep 9
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The United States ambassador at the time thought that two recordings which were televised by Saakashvili's government right before the ...

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