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Christian democrat withdraws from election in protest

by | Sep 26, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – One of the leaders of the opposition Christian Democrats party today withdrew her candidacy as majoritarian candidate for parliament.

Inga Grigolia, a well-known former journalist, is now a member of the Christian Democrats, which is considered by some a ‘satellite’ party to the government.

Yesterday, Georgia’s Central Election Commission unexpectedly decided to seriously restrict journarlists’ access to taking pictures and film at election precincts.

Local non-governmental organizations resisted gathering at the CEC building until night. CEC scheduled a session for Monday and worked out other and stricter rules for what the media is allowed to do on Election Day.

Inga Grigolia promised people that she and her party would not support CEC making such a decision, and said she that if it happened, she would withdraw as a candidate for paliament in one of Tbilisi’s largest districts.

But the Christian Democrats representative was the one in the commission whose vote decided in favor of CEC to make the decision and establish strict rules for journalists on Election Day.

Inga Grigolia withdrew her candidacy as promised.

At the end of the day, the following decision was made: That tomorrow at 13:00, the head of CEC, Zurab Kharatishvili and members of the commission will meet with the head of Ethics Charter of Journalists, Tamuna Kordzaia, Lasha Tughushi, editor in chief of Rezonansi newspaper and Shorena Shaverdashvili, editor in chief of Liberali Magazine. All three have as goal to make the commission change its recent decision regarding media regulation on Election Day. The meeting will be closed.



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