On July 2012 the Georgian Government introduced a new governmental program – More benefit to people. The program aims the creation of new jobs, increase in social aid, etc. The program was subject to number of promotion/PR campaigns financed from the state budget.
On August 19, 2012 Channel 9 broadcasted a documentary - National Donors and Blindfolded Themis. According to the documentary, 27 individuals who have made donations in favor of the ruling party are registered in the socially vulnerable persons’ database demanding Gel 30 per month from the state. The abovementioned persons have made 651,440 GEL worth donations in total.
A detailed study of social ads aired during recent months on the Public Broadcaster demonstrates that many video broadcasts under this status do not meet the legislative criteria laid down for social advertisements.
According to the Information Centre of Kakheti, on July 31st the political union Christian-Democratic Movement set a tableful of meals for the electorate during a pre-election meeting in Gurjaani. We believe that such conduct may be considered vote buying and it requires profound investigation.