Q: What type of administrative resources can be misused during electoral processes?
On June 5, the Parliament of Georgia registered the draft law which envisages the amendment to the Organic Law of Georgia "Election Code of Georgia".
On June 15, the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) stated that TV company Rustavi 2 had violated the law by airing political advertising outside the election period. The case was precedential and the decision essentially prohibited all broadcasters from airing political ads outside election periods. The GNCC issued a simple warning to Rustavi 2, since this case was the first of its kind considered by the Commission.
Many new regulations have been introduced in the electoral legislation since 2011, after the Parliament of Georgia adopted the new Election Code. Although a number of legal gaps have been remedied as a result, certain problematic issues remain as evidenced by the experience of past elections. Practice has revealed inconsistent interpretation of certain norms by different election stakeholders.
Non-governmental organizations are responding to the draft law that was registered in the Parliament of Georgia on June 5 and which, along with other changes, envisages making an amendment to the rule of staffing of election commissions.