"Georgian Young Lawyers': Illegality of referendum in 2003 is absurd
Well-known Georgian NGO "Georgian Young Lawyers Association" expressed surprise at the conversations on the illegality of the referendum in 2003 on the reduction of members of parliament. As the "Georgia-News" reported, the members of the NGOs consider absurd arguments of the authorities on this issue and call for compliance with the law.
"During the last period more than once, it was suggested that the Georgian parliament has the power to increase the number of members of Parliament by constitutional amendments. ... The agreement of the majority with the opposition against the will of the people identified in a referendum in 2003 and its adoption by Parliament would be illegal and unconstitutional" - said in an NGO.
According to them, in a referendum of November 2, 2003 as an issue "was not proposed the bill, in particular - the new legislative wording of Article 49 of the Constitution of Georgia, but it was a matter, prescribed by the 49th article of the Constitution".
"We consider that logic of the authorities, that question that will lead to appropriate legislative changes can not be submitted to a referendum, is absurd" - added the "Young Lawyers".
Recall, one of the points of agreement of the authorities of Georgia with the opposition, which had been achieved at the end of June, was to increase the number of deputies in parliament from 150 to 190.
Also, the head of the Legal Committee of the Parliament of Georgia Pavle Kublashvili said earlier that the referendum of November 2003 was illegal, it was held in violation of the Constitution, which expressly prohibits the holding of a referendum for the adoption of the law.
"There is no no such record in the law "On Referendum", which makes it possible to make such a conclusion, and the fact that the Parliament of Georgia violated the requirement of the law and the referendum results were not reflected in the law within a month, does not abolish the importance of the referendum. In this case, liability for breach of deadlines should be imposed not on people who have made the decision but on the Parliament of Georgia, which did not fulfill its legal duties" - added the Young Lawyers".