Political ads of eight qualified electoral subjects might be illegal
On September 28, Transparency International Georgia issued a statement on free political ads of four electoral subjects, which, in fact, were promoting Grigol Vashadze - one of the presidential candidates. It was clear that one political party gave certain benefits to other and this was an act of donating. The Georgian legislation does not allow political parties to donate. Regardless of our statement, these ads are still running on TV channels.
This time our monitoring revealed similar violations in free political ads of four more electoral subjects, who also campaign for other candidates.
Campaigning for a presidential candidate Kakha Kukava:
#18 Akaki Asatiani – the Georgian Traditionalists’ Union
#35 Gela Khutsishvili – the Political Movement of Law Enforcement Veterans and Patriots
Campaigning for a presidential candidate Salome Zurabishvili:
#22 Otar Meunargia – the Industry Will Save Georgia
Campaigning for a presidential candidate David Bakradze:
#23 Irakli Gorgadze – the Movement for Free Georgia
We call on:
- The State Audit Office and the Georgian National Communications Commission to study these cases and make relevant decisions as soon as possible;
- The above-mentioned eight electoral subjects to stop running such political ads prior to the decision of the State Audit Office in order to avoid large fines in case of found guilty.