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28 March, 2012

“Pre-election” Student Employment

The amount of large-scale, one-time budgetary programs implemented by the government usually increases with the forthcoming of elections. Most recently such kind of a novelty appeared in a form of so called “Summer Job”, a new student summer employment program initiated by the President, which raises a lot of questions.

20 March, 2012

Statement on Consultations with the Legal Issues Committee of Parliament

We, the members of the ‘This Affects You Too’ campaign, welcome the agreement reached between non-governmental organizations and the Legal Issues Committee of the Parliament of Georgia. We praise the willingness of the Parliament to take into account proposals from the civil sector regarding improvement of Georgia’s electoral legislation.  According to the agreement:

16 March, 2012

Process of interrogation of citizens by the Chamber of Control of Georgia

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).

09 March, 2012

NGOs and Media Organizations Respond to David Bakradze

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

01 March, 2012

“Philanthropic” National Movement

“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.

29 February, 2012

Political Presents

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.

24 February, 2012

Submitting an Alternative Proposal on Party Financing Rules to Parliament

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.

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