Georgia’s 2016 parliamentary election

Sandra Roelofs refuses to serve as member of Georgia’s parliament

By | November 8th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Sandra Roelofs. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s former first lady Sandra Roelofs has turned down her mandate to serve as a member of parliament despite being among the top ten names on the National Movement’s party list. On Monday, Roelofs asked the Central Election Commission (CEC) […]

Georgia to hold second round of parliamentary election Oct 30

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , |

(DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The date for the second round of Georgia’s parliamentary election has been set to October 30. 50 election districts will vote for single seat candidates for parliament, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced. Candidates for the ruling GD […]

51 election districts will hold second round of parliamentary election

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: , , |

(DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–51 election districts in Georgia will likely hold a second round of parliamentary election; 18 of them will be in the capital Tbilisi. After 99.92% of votes have been counted, the governing Georgian Dream party has 48.6% in the proportionate system. […]

National Movement rallies outside CEC, will challenge election result

By | October 9th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: |

Giga Bokeria addressing the crowd of UNM supporters outside the CEC building last night. (DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Former first lady Sandra Roelofs, who is running for parliament representing her husband’s party in western Georgia, has disputed the preliminary results which show that she did not win an outright victory. After 82 percent of votes had been […]

Exit polls: GD has won the election, UNM came second

By | October 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian Dream is predicted as winner of the parliamentary election, based on the preliminary results of two exit polls. In the exit poll by GfK, Georgian Dream will get 39.9 percent, and United National Movement is second with 32.74 percent. […]

Voter turnout 20% by noon in uncertain Georgian election

By | October 8th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–All election precincts in Georgia opened at 08:00 in the morning, according to Central Election Commission (CEC), and the election is proceeding peacefully. Voter turnout was 19.81 % by 12:00, according to the CEC. Most government officials […]

Georgians vote in uncertain parliamentary election

By | October 8th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: |

(DFWatch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgians go to the polls on Saturday to elect 150 new members of parliament, with no party or bloc likely to win an outright victory. 73 of the new MPs will be majoritarians, while the rest will come from the party lists through a proportional […]

3.5 million have registered to vote in Georgia’s election

By | September 9th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–More than 3.5 million voters had registered in Georgia by August 12; eight weeks before the election for parliament. Ana Mikeladze, Speaker for the Central Election Commission, said Wednesday that from June 10 until today, more than […]

GD names Shevardnadze era minister as candidate for parliament

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |

Koba Narchemashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Koba Narchemashvili, who was interior minister at the moment when Eduard Shevardnadze was deposed as president in the Rose Revolution, was Tuesday nominated by Georgian Dream as majoritarian candidate for parliament. As commander […]

Free Democrats lose education expert Zaza Piralishvili

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A prominent member of the Free Democrats resigned from the party on Friday, stating that he doesn’t feel comfortable in politics. Philosopher Zaza Piralishvili stated that his leaving the party was not due to any conflict with other party members or having issues with its ideology. […]

Republican Party tops reject offer to join Georgian Dream

By | July 18th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |

Davit Usupashvili (IPN) TBILISI, DFWatch–The leader of the Republican Party says he and other party tops have received an offer from the ruling Georgian Dream to abandon their own party and join them ahead of the election, but they rejected the offer. In an interview with the newspaper […]

Free Democrats name their candidates for majoritarian MPs

By | July 17th, 2016|Categories: Elections|Tags: |

Free Democrats leader Irakli Alasania. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Free Democrats, a party which withdrew from the ruling Georgian Dream coalition in 2014, on Saturday named its candidates for majoritarian MPs in the October 8 parliamentary election. The nominees were selected on Saturday […]

Keti Tsikhelashvili becomes acting minister for reconciliation and civil equality

By | July 13th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Keti Tsikhelashvili, Deputy Minister for Reintegration and Civil Equality, will be the acting minister as Paata Zakareishvili from the Republican Party leaves his post in connection with the 2016 election campaign. Zakareishvili said on Tuesday […]

Two Republican members of government resign

By | July 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Tina Khidasheli (Interpressnews) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Republican Party in Georgia announced on Tuesday at its members of the government are resigning. The ministers who will be leaving their posts shortly are Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli and Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Paata Zakareishvili. […]

Opinion polls differ wildly 3 months ahead of Georgian election

By | June 30th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Zurab Bigvava. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two opinion polls show vastly different levels of support for the two main contenders in Georgia’s parliamentary election, scheduled for October 8. A poll conducted by Georgian Dream gives the party a lead of 35 percent, with the United National […]

Saakashvili confident his party will return to power in Georgia

By | April 25th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president and current governor of Odessa, told a Georgian TV channel on Sunday that he is confident of victory for his political party in the parliamentary election in October, and afterward […]

Republican Party cabinet members will resign in August

By | April 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Khatuna Samnidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Republican cabinet members will leave their posts in August, party leader Khatuna Samnidze said in an interview on Friday. The Republicans are part of the ruling Georgian Dream coalition, but recently decided to run on an independent ticket […]

Georgia’s parliamentary election scheduled for October 8

By | April 6th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The president of Georgia on Tuesday announced that the parliamentary election in 2016 will be held on October 8. “I want to inform the public that the date of the parliamentary election is set for October 8. Tomorrow, the prime minister […]

Georgian Dream ramping up for the parliamentary election

By | August 4th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

Eka Beselia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–As Bidzina Ivanishvili’s party is ramping up for the 2016 parliamentary election, it is still unknown whether Georgian Dream will run as a coalition, as in previous elections. The political council of Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia […]