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.
Study of the period from June 8 to November 16, 2016 revealed the following main findings: Income
The results of the exit poll commissioned by the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) greatly diverge from the official results published by the Central Election Commission (CEC). Even though the exit poll was jointly commissioned by the GPB and three private TV companies, this article focuses on the former, as a citizen-funded institution.
On October 30, the runoff parliamentary elections will be conducted in 50 districts across the country. TI Georgia is also observing the pre-election period of the second round, putting a particular emphasis on cases of using administrative resources for electoral purposes.