The recent agreement between the ruling party and several opposition parties on election system changes includes, among other things, raising the number of MPs from the current 150 to 190. This would of course require constitutional changes which the ruling party, with its constitutional majority in the current Parliament, can achieve without any outside help. But it looks like it might be up to the voters to decide this particular case through a referendum.
One of the basic principles of representative democracy is that legislators must cast their own votes. This ensures that they can be held accountable to their constituents during elections for their stance on new legislation.
In February 2011, Prime Minister Nika Gilauri suggested the formation of a joint stock company (JSC) 'Partnership Fund', with the aim to develop cooperation between the public and private sector to finish stalled investment projects, create employment, attract foreign investments, and develop Georgia’s economy. The Fund's supervisory board, led by the Prime Minister himself and staffed by ministers, will be accountable to the President. The bill was approved in April.
Numerous proposals to reform the electoral system in Georgia are circulating. The final structure of that reform will be a key part of this emerging Democracy's future success. We firmly believe that citizens should understand the details of this debate, and with that aim in mind have summarized the proposals that are now on the table of the Election Code Working Group (ECWG).