In response to our blog from March 14, the United National Movement and the Christian-Democratic Movement have sent us comprehensive information on their income, for which we thank both political parties.
On March 12, 13 and 14, the Financial Monitoring Service of the Chamber of Control of Georgia conducted mass interrogation of members of political parties, volunteers and citizens in different districts of Georgia (Lanchkhuti, Chokhatauri, Ozurgeti, Batumi, Khelvachauri, Kobuleti, Poti, Zugdidi, Kutaisi, Zestaponi, Gori, Kareli, Kaspi, Gurjaani, Sagarejo and Signagi).
The origins are unknown for the 38% (2 278 442 GEL) of the United National Movement’s total income and for the 6% (53 289 GEL) of the Christian-Democratic Movement’s income.
For the past several days ruling party representatives have stated their willingness to review the election legislation in order to define existing provisions more accurately. In particular, a provision will be added that will clearly state that the legislation does not impose any restrictions on “legitimate activities” of those non-governmental organizations and donors that focus on the
One of the most important challenges that the Georgian government and society face today is to ensure that the 2012 elections are held in a fair and democratic environment.
“United National Movement - free soup-kitchen for the financially disadvantaged”. This sign was hanging on the soup kitchen’s door in Ozurgeti up until 15:10p.m on 17th of February, 2012. A similar signboard was found in Zugdidi and Dusheti at the entrance of free dining-halls. These facts constitute the direct violation of several laws.
A number of significant supplements and amendments have been entered into the Georgian election legislation late last year, including an intriguing issue regarding the handing on of gifts for political purposes. Prior to the amendments, the ban on similar activities covered only the pre-election period, i.e. a time span of about two months.
TI Georgia, together with the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA), International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), and “Freedom of Choice” Coalition go up against the legislative reality established in Georgia as a consequence of the amendments adopted in December 2011 and call the Parliament of Georgia to incorporate changes to the legislation.
The Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) and several private TV channels have been airing advertising videos, showing and highlighting achievements and future plans of the Government of Georgia and specific government organizations in recent weeks. These ads are so-called social advertising, meaning that the organization that ordered the ad does not pay TV stations for having it shown.
This Affects You Too The Petition of Georgian Non-Governmental and Media Organizations