TBILISI, DFWatch–The State Audit Office has again asked for documentation about the financial activity of presidential candidate Nino Burjanadze’s party.
The Audit Office monitored the election campaign for two month between July 1 and September 9 and found several violations after having studied the way parties received donations.
Now, the office demands that Nino Burjanadze’s Democratic Movement documents how it paid for its commercial. By law, such documentation must be sent within 24 hours of the airing of the commercial.
The Audit Office also demands that Democratic Movement declares all its party offices in the regions and claims that the total number of branches is 108; ten more than the stated number. Two weeks ago, the discrepancy was 19 declared branches and the Audit Office claiming a real total of 90.
The office also found violations in other parties. Industrials Will Save Georgia is said to have withdrawn money from ATMs for unknown purpose and not informed them about it. Movement for a Just Georgia withdrew USD 6300 from its bank account for a special assignment, but failed to inform the office about it, and also gets reprimanded. The same violation was committed by Georgia’s European Democrats. These parties may now be given a 2000 lari (USD 1200) fine.
Burjanadze told journalists that if there are some errors in her election campaign, her party is ready to cooperate with the Audit Office.