Civil Georgia | Speaker of Parliament asks OSCE/ODIHR and Venice Commission to consider changes to Electoral Code

Shalva Papuashvili, Speaker of the Parliament, today addressed the OSCE/ODIHR and the Venice Commission and asked them to provide an urgent joint opinion on the legislative changes initiated by the parliamentary reform working group elections.

The Parliamentary Working Group on Electoral Reforms was established as part of the Georgian government’s efforts to address the The 12 recommendations of the European Commission for EU candidate status.

According to the recommendations, with regard to elections, Georgia is supposed to ensure the full functioning of all state institutions, strengthening their independent and effective accountability, as well as their democratic control functions; in addition, improve the electoral framework and address all shortcomings identified by the OSCE/ODIHR and the Council of Europe/Venice Commission in these processes.

In his letter, the Speaker of Parliament noted that the parliamentary working group on the revision of the electoral code has been created within the Legal Affairs Committee involving deputies from parliamentary political groups, as well as the Central Election Commission (CEC) , the State Audit Office and civil authorities. society organizations.

MP Papuashvili claimed in the letter that the new legislative changes reflect previous recommendations made by the OSCE/ODIHR, the Venice Commission and the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body – GRECO.

Notably, the amendments have already been adopted by Parliament during the first hearing on 5 October. According to the current parliamentary calendar, the amendments should be adopted at the third hearing no later than December 13.

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