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Parliament of Georgia passed amendments to Electoral Code2009-12-28 18:40
At today's extraordinary sitting the Parliament of Georgia passed amendments to the Electoral Code: 98 votes for - GeorgiaTimes correspondent from Tbilisi.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Christian Democrats pro-opposition fraction abstained from voting as, according to its representative Levan Vepkhvadze, agreements wasn't reached on all points of the bill.
The amendments deal with the local elections and imply conducting direct elections of the mayor of Tbilisi. The electoral barrier for victory lowered to 30 per cent, despite opposition's protests.
Agreement on appointing opposition members secretaries of district electoral commissions reached. At the same time majority refused to appoint opposition member a secretary in superior to district commissions.
Opposition demanded revision and re-checking of electors' lists, citing to messages about drawing ruling party's activists from regions to the capital. Opposition believes the government is trying to ensure the necessary number of votes.
In the morning consultations over the issue were held. It was decided that people, registered in Tbilisi in the period from January 15th to June 1st, won't be able to vote in the Tbilisi Mayor elections.