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Bakradze: new draft of the Electoral Code is more democratic2009-12-01 15:17
The ruling party and opposition agreed on the new Electoral Code. On November 30th the draft was registered at the bureau sitting. Next week it will be considered in the committees and than presented at the plenary sitting - Kavkazski Uzel.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"This is the first time in my recollection when the government and the opposition - representatives of eight political parties - managed to achieve consent on such significant and sensitive issues, as are electoral legislation and electoral topics. We are grateful to all parties, which during 10 months have been working fruitfully against the quite strained background," said David Bakradze, the Speaker.
In his view, the new document is "more organized and democratic".
According to the amendments to the Electoral Code, the President of Georgia proposes three Central Electoral Commission chairman candidates to pro-opposition parties. According to the law, the head of state must conduct negotiations with representatives of the non-governmental sector. The new CEC chairman is elected by 2/3 of votes of the group, consisting of opposition.
One of the most important agreements reached by the special group, is calling direct elections of Tbilisi Mayor. The electoral barrier amounts 30 per cent.