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Georgian opposition movement selecting candidates

by | May 28, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – The opposition coalition Georgian Dream will start naming their candidates for majoritarian members of parliament from June 1.

Leader Bidzina Ivanishvili said Monday that most of the candidates have already been selected, but there are several regions where they still have difficulties finding candidates.

“We will start announcing names not later than June, when we will name the first group of majoritarians.”

Majoritarian is another word for first-past-the-post. Georgia has a mixed election system with some districts having the majoritarian system, and others the proportionality system.

Discussions haven’t started yet about which identifying number Georgian Dream will have on the ballot, an important concept, as parties have to market “their number” to enable voters with reading difficulties to find them on the ballot.

“Considering my situation, probably I won’t have a number. Let’s see our president’s mood.”

The opposition billionaire was granted Georgian citizenship by President Saakashvili in 2004 for special merits to the country, but after Ivanishvili said he would go into politics, Saakashvili revoked the citizenship. This blocked him from engaging in politics.

Parliament later adopted constitutional amendments which give political rights to non-Georgian citizens, but the businessman said that he won’t use the rights. Instead, he will continue supporting his movement and let others fill formal positions.



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