(April 1 – June 30, 2023)Statistics of donations
As a result of analysis of financial declarations of 2022 submitted by 16 political parties, Transparency International Georgia (TI Georgia) has arrived at the following main findings:Revenues and expenditures of political parties
Statistics of donations From January 1 up to March 31, 2023, all the parties have received donations of GEL 640,569 in total. Almost half of this amount – GEL 300,000 – went to the ruling party, Lelo for Georgia ranked second with GEL 201,000, and European Georgia – Movement for Liberty ranked third with GEL 84,299 (for full statistics, see the figure below).
On May 8, 2023, the parliamentary majority submitted a draft law to the parliamentary bureau, proposing the amendment to the Central Election Commission’s (CEC) composition rule. If adopted, the authority to select and nominate candidates for the position of chairperson and professional members of the CEC will be moved from the President to the Chairperson of the Parliament.
Donations StatisticsFrom 1 October to 31 December 2022, all political parties in Georgia received a total 742 230 GEL in donations, of which 370 000 GEL (50%) went to the ruling party, followed by Conservative Movement (Alt-Info) with 158,098 GEL, and the third is Lelo for Georgia with 151 337 GEL.
In March 2022, Georgia submitted an official application for EU membership. In June, the European Council requested that the Georgian government comply with 12 conditions of the European Commission to receive a candidate status for membership. One of the conditions related to election issues stated that Georgia should address all shortcomings identified by OSCE/ODIHR and the Council of Europe/Venice Commission.
State resources at the service of the ruling party: Proven methods of vote buying and illegal mobilization of voters in Georgia
Transparency International Georgia and the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy studied the documents allegedly taken from the correspondence of email@example.com during 2018-2019. This email address was allegedly created by the ruling party - Georgian Dream. The files provided by the whistleblower also included some documents from 2020.
Financial inequality between political parties and ineffective state oversight of political corruption remain major problems in Georgia
Transparency International Georgia studied the issue of campaign finances of 2021 municipal elections from August 2 to November 13, 2021. 13 election subjects who either are getting public funding or who received donations of at least GEL 100,000 during the year were selected for the study.