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Candidate minimum2010-05-05 00:42
The electoral campaign of Tbilisi mayor candidates is now underway in Georgia with the opposition and authorities actively touting population with all available tools. Nevertheless, Georgia's political technology experts keep criticizing them both. What are the chances of each side?
Less than a month is left before the local election in Georgia. On Wednesday Georgian parliament switches over to pre-election routine. According to David Bakradze, the chair of the country's supreme legislative body, only committee and group sessions will be held in parliament in May, RIA Novosti reports.
In the meantime, candidates have actively joined a pre-election race.
Gigi Ugulava, current mayor of the capital willing to preserve his post promises new employments to Tbilisi residents. "There is still a lot to be done," - his slogan reads. In case of victory Ugulava emphasizes one of his major tasks - assistance to small businesses.
As he has recently stated: "We must do our best for entrepreneurs to have no problems connected with non-flexible, poor legislation, bureaucracy and corruption I will counteract». Keeping local authorities out of the way of people's working activities Ugulava also promises to continue construction of new roads, bridges, restoration of the old town as well as a stable and safe living.
Irakli Alasania, mayoral candidate from the Alliance for Georgia suggests "changing" the republic. "We will come, we'll surely come", his video sings. As we know he signed in the Central Election Committee as a candidate on April 30, the last day of registration, his application submitted by Tinatin Khidasheli - number one in the Alliance's electoral list, Zurab Abashidze and Mamuka Katsitadze.
A pre-election campaign by Giya Chanturia representing the Christian Democrats suggests lowering tariffs as a way to reduce people's expenses. "As a result businesses will be able to grow, new employments will be created, more people will start working", - the candidate says.
According to experts, Zviad Dzidziguri of the National Council presented the most aggressive slogan stating in his pre-election video: "We shall not put up with injustice, we shall struggle till the end and we shall win".
Noting certain successes during the pre-election campaign Georgian political technologists are critical of the candidates still. Thus, Eldar Pirmisashvili, a PR expert believes that Ugulava's slogan does not sound good to everyone and Alasania's maxims are far away from reality.