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Live Blog: Election Violations and Responses

20 October, 2020

The election campaign for the October 31, 2020 Parliamentary Elections started on September 1. We will provide live updates on the violations and responses as they take place during the election campaign.

October 27

  • According to a Majoritarian candidate, Nanuka Zhorzholiani, a political party meeting of Georgian Dream is underway in a public school in Zeda Vani, a village in Vani. In a video circulating online, one of the persons at the meeting notes that ‘they are having an internal party discussion”.

According to Article 48(1.a) of the Election Code of Georgia, the use of premises occupied by state authorities and municipality bodies that are not accessible for other political parties is forbidden.

Transparency International Georgia will appeal this issue to the respective district election commission.

October 25

  • According to published information, Samvel Manukian, a Georgian Dream Majoritarian candidate, was injured as a result of a physical altercation in Akhalkalaki. According to Formula TV, Manukian was injured by a member of the Georgian Dream.

    While Samvel Manukian has denied that the incident had taken place, the general manager of the Akhalkali Hospital confirmed that Manukian was transferred to his clinic with injuries.

    Samvel Manukian later stated that he was attacked and had his car damaged by the supporters of Enzel Mkoiani during his field meeting with the population of the village of Didi Samsari. Enzel Mkoiani has denied the accusations and stated that he has no connection to the persons who committed the assault.

Violence is a crime under Article 126 of the Criminal Code of Georgia. It is punishable by a fine, community service, house imprisonment and/or up-to a year in prison.

It is necessary to hold a swift, thorough and objective investigation.

October 23

  • According to published information, the car belonging to a member of European Georgia was damaged in Kutaisi. According to the regional representative of the party, Davit Gogisvanidze, the windows of the car were broken. The party has assessed the incident as politically motivated.

If the damages exceed 150 GEL, the damage to another person’s property is punishable under Article 187 of the Criminal Code of Georgia. This crime is punished by a fine, correctional labor, community service, house imprisonment or a prison term of up to three years.

It is necessary to hold a swift, thorough and objective investigation.

  • According to information by Mtavari Arkhi TV and audio recordings, law enforcement representatives have been dispatched with a special mission to the regions for the purpose of influencing the elections. According to the TV company, they received orders from their superiors to mobilize votes for the Georgian Dream in specific districts and to use intimidation and threats, if need be.

    The Ministry of Interior has stated that this is “fake news” and accused the TV company of intentionally trying to discredit the agencies.

The published information could potentially represent the use of administrative resources for electoral purposes. Moreover, any unlawful use of the office by a public official can be constructed as abuse of office, which is a violation of Article 333 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.

It is important to hold a swift and objective investigation to determine the authenticity of the claims made by the TV company, to investigate the circumstances of the case and swiftly identify the persons involved in the case.

October 21

Vato Tsereteli, the owner of TV Pirveli, wrote a FB post that his father was threatened with his life. According to him, the threat was made against him in relation to TV Pirveli’s critical editorial policy.

A threat is a crime under Article 151 of the Criminal Code of Georgia and is punishable by fine, correctional labor, community service, house arrest, and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

It is important for a swift, thorough, and objective investigation to be launched.

  • According to Irakli Kobakhidze, the Executive Secretary of Georgian Dream, the office of the ruling party in Dmanisi was attacked. According to Kobakhidze, shots were fired and people have been injured. Gogi Meshveliani, Georgian Dream Majoritarian candidate, stated that he suspects that the National Movement and his opponents were behind the incident.

    Kakha Okriashvili, Majoritarian Candidate from the United Opposition, responded to the incident at the office of Georgian Dream and stated that the activist of the ruling party, Zura Okmelashvil, wounded three persons with a firearm. According to Dimitri Shaskin, member of the National Movement, members of the Georgian Dream were unable to split the money and petrol sent to them from the headquarters amongst themselves and a conflict ensued where they shot each other.

An investigation has been launched under Articles 117 and 236 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which refers to intentional severe damage to health and the unlawful purchase/storage/carrying of a firearm.

It is important for a thorough and objective investigation to be carried out to identify the persons involved in criminal wrongdoing.

October 20

According to available information, on October 20, the chairperson of the electoral commission of the 59th precinct in Bolnisi’s village of Javshaniani, Mamed Shamilov, insulted and then physically assaulted a teacher from the same village. The teacher is a supporter of Kakha Okriashvili. Shamilov denied that any physical assault had taken place in a conversation with our coordinators.

It is important to hold a swift, thorough and objective investigation.

October 19

  • On October 19, a car with the supporters of Kakha Okriashvili, the United National Movement’s Majoritarian candidate was shot at in Bolnisi. According to published information, the car was shot at by a firearm and the gunshots are visible on the car’s bumper. Prior to the shooting, the driver was asked to stop the car and afterwards the car was crashed into by another car. No one was hurt in the incident.

The case may include signs of the crime of illegal carrying of a firearm and intentional damage to another person’s property. It is very important to hold the elections in a calm and fair environment. Therefore it is necessary to hold a thorough and objective investigation into the identities of the responsible persons.

October 18

  • United National Movement’s Majoritarian candidate, Khatia Dekanoidze, wrote on her FB post about unlawful entry into her headquarters. Dekanoidze accused the state security service of breaking into her office and stated that the purpose might have been the installation of surveillance equipment.

Unlawful surveillance and illegal tapping of private conversations is a crime. It is important for this case to be properly assessed and for the law enforcement to hold a swift, thorough and objective investigation.

  • Bachana Shengelia wrote a FB post where he pointed to an instance of intimidation by the government of a school director. 

Intimidation or other illegal activities can be assessed as exceeding official powers, which is a violation under Article 333 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.

This crime is punishable by a fine or house imprisonment from six months to two years and/or imprisonment by up to three years, with deprivation of the right to hold an official position or to carry out a particular activity for up to three years.

  • Internally displaced families living in hazardous buildings in Kutaisi were given 274 apartments. There have been over 20 major social projects carried out by the government in the last two months.

These decisions can be assessed as expenses motivated by electoral purposes.

October 16

  • European Georgia’s Majoritarian candidate in the Gori and Kaspi District, Levan Tarkhnishvili, and the members of his headquarters were assaulted in Mezhvriskhevi. According to European Georgia, the persons that assaulted them were intoxicated activists from the Georgian Dream. They first plastered the posters of Georgian Dream over Tarkhnishvili and European Georgia’s election posters. Afterward, they assaulted the party members.

    European Georgian over the incident and called on law enforcement to investigate the case.blamed A representative of the Georgian Dream

Violence is a crime under Article 126 of the Criminal Code of Georgia. When committed in a group, violence is punishable by fine, correctional labor, and/or up-to two years of imprisonment.

It is important to hold a swift, thorough, and objective investigation.

October 13

  • Paata Kikabidze, a member of the Lelo headquarters in Kutaisi, was physically assaulted in Kutaisi. He sustained injuries to the hand and eye and was transported to a hospital in Kutaisi. According to Ana Natsvlishvili, one of the leaders of Lelo, the assault was politically motivated as the attackers themselves noted during the assault that they were attacking him because of Lelo’s agitation materials in the car.

One person was arrested in connection with this case. The investigation has been launched under Article 126 (1) of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which envisages beating or other violence. The crime is punishable by up to one year in prison.

On October 16, Lelo’s Majoritarian candidate Ana Natsvlishvili stated at a briefing that there were ‘no political motivations’ in the incident when their party member was assaulted that occurred on October 13. According to Natsvlishvili, she was given different information the day the assault took place and as a result, she assessed the case as politically motivated. The internal party investigation found that the assault on Paata Kikabidze was not politically motivated.

It is important for a swift, thorough, and objective investigation to be held.

  • According to available information, the office of Kakha Okriakshvili, the United National Movement’s Majoritarian candidate in Bolnisi, was broken into at night. Experts and law enforcement officers are currently investigating the scene of a crime. According to preliminary information, computer equipment that the staff used was stolen from the office.

This should be classified as theft, which is a violation under Article 177 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.
 It is important to hold a swift, thorough and objective investigation into this case, as well as to establish the location of the stolen items and have them returned to their rightful owners.

  • According to Dodo Chotoralishvili, who serves as an interim Director for a public school in the village of Ksnisi, her term was not prolonged. The former Director states that she is being punished for her family’s political sympathies. According to Chotoralishvili, her son is not a member of any political party but is supporting and helping the Strength is in Unity’s Majoritarian candidate Kakha Okriashvili and Cesar Chocheli. She also says that the other directors, who are biased in favor of the government and ruling party, have had their contracts prolonged.

  • The former director of Public School #3, Ramin Chitashvili, also speaks of politically motivated dismissal from his job. According to Chaitashvili, his dismissal is connected to the fact that he is a relative and a supporter of Cesar Chocheli (Strength is in Unity Majoritarian candidate). Similar to Dodo Chotoralishvili, his contract was not prolonged after expiration. Chitashvili states that prior to every election he would decline a request to compile a party list that would include supporters and opponents. Moreover, he states that the current Gamgebeli, Kereselidze, told him that he wanted his support in the election (most likely Chitashvili is implying Shalva Kereselidze, who is the Georgian Dream’s Majoritarian candidate).

If confirmed, these facts could possibly constitute abuse of official powers, which is a violation of Article 332 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.

This crime is punishable by a fine or house arrest from six months to two years and/or imprisonment for up to three years, with deprivation of the right to hold an official position or to carry out a particular activity for up to three years.

It is important to hold a swift, thorough and objective investigation into this case.

October 12

A journalist from local media “Jvarinews” in Tsalenjikha, Dimitri Kvaratskhelia, who at the same time is the head of PR of Tamar Belkania, a Lelo Majoritarian candidate, stated in a FB post and later confirmed in a discussion with our organization’s representative that he was threatened with physical violence by Gulbaat Kardava, a staff member of the Georgian Dream’s headquarter in Jvari.

Unlawful interference in the activities of a journalist through the use of threat is a violation under Article 154(2) of the Criminal Code of Georgia.

This crime is punishable by a fine or imprisonment of up to two years, restriction of holding public office, or limiting activities for up to three years.

It is imperative that both cases be promptly, thoroughly, and objectively investigated.


  • According to the European Georgia’s Majoritarian candidate in Kutaisi, Otar Kakhidze, bricks were thrown at their party’s office in Kutaisi.

    Damaging other persons’ property the value of which exceeds 150 GEL is punishable by Article 187 of the Criminal Code of Georgia. This crime is punishable by a fine, community service, correctional labor, house arrest and/or imprisonment of up to three years.

    According to the MIA, they identified a person who was previously convicted in the case and determined that the damage to the office amounted to 80 GEL. As the case did not include signs of criminal wrongdoing, the materials were sent to the court. The Kutaisi Court assessed the case as an administrative offense under Article 166, which implies minor hooliganism. The person who committed the offense was given a verbal reprimand.

  • Newspaper “Batumelebi” published a telephone recording where the Mayor of Khelvachauri, Jumber Vardmanidze, can be heard swearing at the journalist. The insults were hurled at the journalist after he inquired about the possible misuse of administrative resources by the mayor.

Moreover, interfering in the work of journalists has a negative impact on the free environment for elections, the case might even include signs of criminal wrongdoing.

Unlawful interference in the work of journalists is punishable under Article 154 (1) of the Criminal Code of Georgia.

It is important for a swift, thorough and objective investigation to be held.

October 11

  • According to a statement by Levan Kartvelishvili, a member of the headquarters of the United National Movement’s Majoritarian candidate Levan Khabeishvili, he was physically assaulted due to wearing the party’s t-shirt. He has received bodily injuries as a result of the assault.
  • According to available information, Oktai Skandarava, a member of European Georgia, was assaulted in the village of Karajarala in the Municipality of Gardabani

Violence is a crime punishable under Article 126 of the Criminal Code of Georgia. The crime when committed in a group is punishable by a fine, community service and/or up-to two years of imprisonment.

It is imperative that both cases be promptly, thoroughly, and objectively investigated.

  • Rashad Musaev, an activist from the political union “Lelo for Georgia”, was summoned for interrogation by the police. The reason for his summons was a video published on a social network where he threatened to murder a member of the Georgian Dream Savalan Mirzoevi. Musaev confirmed the authenticity of the video and elaborated that he implied a ‘political murder’ in the video. According to his lawyer, the Prosecutor’s Office has not launched criminal proceedings against him.

    According to Rashad Musaev, prior to the recording of said video, he was a target of threats himself. According to him, a friend of Mirzoev contacted him and told him that drugs would be planted on him after the elections. Musaev states that he recorded the video as a means of self-defense and that he wasn’t actually planning on harming Mirzoev.

It is important to carry out a fast, thorough, and objective investigation. It should be established who threatened to plant drugs on Musaev. Moreover, it should be established if there are any signs of criminal wrongdoing in Musaev’s actions. It is important for the circumstances of the case to be objectively assessed and for the decision to be made without any influence from the political affiliation of the persons involved.

  • According to information provided by the United National Movement, Aleksandre Motserelia, Georgian Dream Majoritarian candidate, handed out construction materials for farming in September in the villages of Martveli: construction and fortification of churches in Meurenoba, Gachedili and Gurzevi. According to the locals, Motserelia paid for the expenses.

The case described above constitutes bribery, which is punishable by a fine or imprisonment of up to three years.

It is important to carry out a fast, thorough and objective investigation.

  • According to the residents of Aspindze street in Akhaltsikhe, one of the employees of the City Hall brought food to their garden and told them that this was sent by Georgian Dream’s Majoritarian MP, Giorgi Kopadze, and majoritarian candidate, Anton Obolashvili. One of the employees of the City Hall states that this was done at the request of the locals. Kopadze and Obolashvili have denied these accusations.

Voter bribery is punishable under Article 164(1) of the Criminal Code of Georgia. It is punishable by a fine or up to three  years of imprisonment.

It is important for all possible instances of voter bribery to be duly assessed, and for the law enforcement to hold a swift, thorough and objective investigation.

October 8

  • According to published information, representatives of the Tbilisi City Hall have again fined Strategy Agmashenebeli for the unlawful setting up of tents. At this time, the party has been fined by over 115 000 GEL.

    Transparency International Georgia considers the actions of the Tbilisi City Hall as a restriction of the freedom of assembly and protest and hampering of the pre-election campaign.

We call on Tbilisi City Hall to follow the Law on Assemblies and Manifestations and stop imposing fines on the political party "Giorgi Vashadze - the Strategy Aghmashenebeli", as well as to repeal the protocols on administrative violations that have already been drawn up.

October 7

  • The Prosecutor's Office arrested the former members of the Commission on Delimitation and Demarcation, Iveri Melashvili and Natalia Ilichova. They are accused of carrying out actions aimed at violating the territorial integrity of Georgia (Article 308 of the Criminal Code of Georgia).

We believe that the timing of the investigation, the pre-election context, the signs of a selective approach to the investigation, the populist statements made by the ruling party leaders, and the violation of the presumption of innocence, raises doubts that the investigation is politically motivated, aimed at creating misconception and discrediting political opponents.

October 5

  • Four activists were arrested for resisting the police during the Strategy Aghmashenebeli’s protest rally in front of the Tbilisi City Hall and the party was once again fined for unlawfully setting up tents. The protest rally was held in regards to dismissing the fines that were imposed by the City Hall. Later on, the police released the activists and the court has not yet deliberated on imposing administrative sanctions.

    Strategy Aghmashenebeli has already been fined a total of 70 000 GEL for these violations, which has been assessed as a violation by Transparency International Georgia of the freedom of assembly and protest and hampering of this political party’s pre-election campaign.

We call on Tbilisi City Hall to follow the Law on Assemblies and Manifestations and stop imposing fines on the political party "Giorgi Vashadze - the Strategy Aghmashenebeli", as well as to repeal the protocols on administrative violations that have already been drawn up.

October 1

  • Unidentified persons damaged the advertising minibus of the United Movement’s Bolnisi majoritarian candidate, Kakha Okriashvili. It is most likely that stones were thrown at it. Other vehicles were also damaged and the window of one of the pharmacies was shattered. Representatives of the opposition blame the Georgian Dream’s majoritarian candidate, Gogi Meshveliani, and his brother.

Damage to another's property is a crime under Article 187 of the Criminal Code. This crime is punishable by a fine, community service, house arrest and imprisonment from one to three years.

September 30

  • The head of the UNM’s election HQ in Senaki and Sakrebulo Member Miranda Mirtskhulava’s son, Giorgi Gogava, stated that he was threatened to have his head blown off with a gun by a high-ranking member of the military police. Gogava connects the threat with the political activity of his mother. 

The investigation has been launched under Article 151 and 236, which envisages threat and the illegal purchase/storage/carrying of a firearm. 

It is important for this case to be timely and effectively investigated in an objective manner.

September 29

  • The resident of Muskhi village in the Akhaltsikhe Municipality has stated that a representative of the Georgian Dream, Giorgi Pilishvili, promised 1000 GEL in return for the support of the ruling party at the elections.

The case as described by Guram Okromelidze represents voter bribery and is punishable by a fine or imprisonment of up to three years.

It is important for this case to be timely and effectively investigated in an objective manner.

  • An observer from the International Society for Fair Elections And Democracy was monitoring the field meeting of a “Lelo - For Georgia” candidate in the village of Sabatlo. The vehicle of the Lelo party was stopped and their freedom of movement thwarted by unknown persons. ISFED’s observer tried to record the event on camera but was impeded by the brother of a representative of the City Hall and a vendor of a local shop. They asked the observer to present a permit for recording and threatened him by saying that “he would not be able to leave the village”.

Interfering in the work of an election observer has a negative impact on the holding of free elections. Furthermore, it can also include signs of criminal wrongdoing.

The illegal restriction of a person's freedom of action is a violation of Article 150 of the Criminal Code of Georgia. When committed in a group, it is punishable by correctional labour or by imprisonment for a term of 18 months, as well as restricting gun ownership rights.

  • An incident took place between the supporters of the Georgian Dream and the United National Movement at the District Election Commission in Marneuli. The incident likely took place during the process of selecting members of the district commission. The fight broke out at the time when the National Movement was holding a rally in front of the district commission administration building.

  • There was another incident on the same evening. According to available information, supporters of the Georgian Dream assaulted the supporters of National Movement and the member of the district election commission, Lasha Kveladze, and three persons that were accompanying him. The car belonging to Lasha Kveladze was also damaged during the incident. According to available information, the Sakrebulo Chairperson, Amiran Giorgadze, was also involved in the incident.

  • News broke that the journalist crews of Mtavari Arkhi and Public Broadcaster came under attack on the same evening. Jeikhun Muhamedali, a journalist from Mtavari Arkhi, was transferred to the hospital with injuries. Video equipment was also damaged in the incident. There also was physical violence against a representative of an observing organization, Giorgi Mumladze.

According to eyewitnesses, the police were present at the time of the incident but did not take any effective measures. Information has been published that investigation has been launched under articles of violence and illegal interference in journalistic activities.

News broke on October 4 that two representatives of the Georgian Dream and one representative of the United National Movement were arrested in connection with this incident. No one has been indicted with the unlawful interference in the activities of a journalist. According to journalist Jeikhun Muhamedali, he still hasn’t been given the status of a victim and the main figure in the case has not been interrogated. One more victim in the case, Giorgi Mumladze, expressed his distrust in the investigation and stated that the law enforcement are covering up for the real culprit.

Transparency International Georgia has condemned the incident in Marneuli, stressed that the responsibility to guarantee free and peaceful elections falls on the government and called upon the law enforcement to carry out an investigation in a timely, complete and impartial manner.

September 28

  • In the village of Sadakhlo located in Marneuli, one of the activists of European Georgia was most likely shot at with a pellet gun. The incident took place when the party activist was putting up an election poster in the village.

The investigation has been launched under Article 120 of the Criminal Code of Georgia (intentional minor damage to health), which envisages a fine, community service, house arrest and/or up-to three years in prison.

It is important for this case to be timely and effectively investigated in an objective manner.

  • According to information by Mtavari Arkhi, participants of a protest rally who were driving from Tbilisi to Bolnisi came under attack. Stones and bottles were thrown at the cars. One of the cars was damaged as a result of the incident. 

According to available information, the investigation has been launched under articles of property damage and minor damages to health.

It is important for this case to be timely and effectively investigated in an objective manner.

September 27

  • Nika Melia, opposition majoritarian candidate from the United National Movement, was assaulted by stones and eggs during a field meeting with the population in Gldanula.

  • On September 27, according to the supporters of the opposition election bloc Dzala Ertobashia, the brother of Gogi Meshveliani, a Georgian Dream majoritarian candidate, and about 10 other people attacked the members of the opposition in Chaikhana. According to Kakha Okriashvili, the assailants had firearms and "made shots indiscriminately." Arif Yusufov, who was injured, said that he was in Chaikhana when he was attacked by the Georgian Dream candidate's brother. 

  • Gogi Meshveliani’s representatives deny the accusations and instead blame the opposition for instigating physical violence.

The Criminal Code of Georgia punishes both violence and persecution of a person for political views. 

On October 4, the Prosecutor’s Office indicted the supporter of the United National Movement and the United  Opposition, Arif Iusupov, in regard to this case. A rally was held in Bolnisi demanding that he be released. The participants of the rally consider Iusupov to be a victim and that his arrest was due to political motivations.

It is important for this case to be timely and effectively investigated.

September 24

  • Late at night, unidentified individuals attacked Ninia Tsiskarishvili, a representative of the United National Movement headquarters in Saburtalo.

Violence is a crime under Article 126 of the Criminal Code. Violence committed in a group activity is punishable by a fine, community service, or imprisonment for up to two years.

It is important for this case to be timely and effectively investigated.

September 23

  • In Bolnisi, the election headquarters of Strength is in Unity and the United National Movement came under attack. Posters were torn down at the election headquarters of Kakha Okriashvili, a member from the Georgian Dream parliamentary majority who is currently a majoritarian candidate of the United National Movement. Moreover, there was damage to video surveillance cameras and derogatory words were written on the walls.

These activities have signs of criminal wrongdoing. It is important for this case to be timely and effectively investigated.

  • According to a decision by the Tbilisi Mayor, Kakha Kaladze, 87 families, who had been living in illegal locations for years, will have the properties transferred to their name. According to Kaladze, more than 900 families have had their properties legalized in the framework of this project. In August and September, the government initiated up to 20 major social projects.

These decisions can be considered as budgetary expenses driven by electoral motivations.

September 22

  • Farman Alazov, a commission member from the 33rd electoral precinct of the 22nd electoral district of Marneuli, attended field meetings held by Zaur Dargali, a Georgian Dream majoritarian candidate.

This is a violation of Article 45 (4) of the Election Code, which envisages a sanction with a fine of 2000 GEL.

September 20

  • According to a statement by Khatia Dekanoidze, United National Movement majoritarian candidate for Isani, there is an ongoing illegal surveillance on her, her family members, including her 21-year-old child.

This case has signs of criminal wrongdoing. It is important for this case to be timely and effectively investigated.

September 19

  • A square was opened in Gldanula and Georgian Dream elections posters were put up there

This is a violation of Article 45 (4) of the Election Code, which envisages a sanction with a fine of 2000 GEL.

September 18

  • Lasha Tsutskiridze, a United National Movement activist, was assaulted by masked men after he left his headquarters in the Saburtalo district of Tbilisi. He received bodily injuries as a result of the attack.

Violence committed in a group activity is punishable by a fine, community service, or up to 2 years in prison.

It is important for this case to be timely investigated.

September 17

  • The HQ of Levan Khabeishvili, a United National Movement majoritarian candidate, came under attack in Samgori, Africa Settlement. According to Khabeishvili, the incident took place late at night on September 17. According to him, there were two persons who most likely threw bricks at the headquarters building and smashed the windows.

There are signs of criminal wrongdoing in this case. It should be timely and effectively investigated.

September 16

  • In one of the schools in the Zugdidi municipality, the principal of the school asked the teachers to bring a list of Georgian Dream supporters. In another school, the principal asked the teacher to attend a pre-election meeting of Irakli Chikovani, a Georgian Dream majoritarian candidate. Both individuals wished to remain anonymous. A representative of our organization spoke to them.

The Election Code of Georgia prohibits getting any career subordinate or otherwise dependent person involved in an activity that may support the presentation and/or election of a candidate.

The coercion of a teacher by a principal to do something that the teacher has the right to deny is a violation of Article 150 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.

This crime is punished by a fine, restrictions on gun ownership, house arrest from six months to two years and/or imprisonment for up to one year.

September 11

  • In Mtskheta, the Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia, and the Secretary-General of the Georgian Dream, Kakha Kaladze, within the framework of Georgian Dream's Majoritarian MP Dimitri Khundadze's electoral campaign, got acquainted with the details of the project of adaptation of a movie theater into an archeological museum.

This is problematic as per international best practice, there should be a clear separation between the state and the ruling political party.

September 9

  • Counter-agitation was carried out by employees of a state-funded municipal N(N)LE during the presentation of Lelo’s candidate in Zugdidi.

They are prohibited to carry out election agitation, including counter-agitation, during work hours. Moreover, the activity had signs of interfering in a pre-election campaign. 

Illegal agitation is punishable by a monetary fine of 2000 GEL.

September 8

  • In Dmanisi, a new square was opened by the Municipality Mayor Giorgi Tatuashvili along with Kakha Okriashvili, a majoritarian candidate for Dmanisi-Tsalka from the United National Movement.

The Mayor violated Article 45 (7) of the Election Code on illegal agitation, which envisages a monetary fine of 2000 GEL.

September 6

  • Member of the Sakrebulo from the Georgian Dream, Vugar Isaev, made derogatory remarks towards the journalist from Mtavari Arkhi and allegedly threatened violence with a knife. The journalist was covering field meetings of opposition MP candidates with the population in the region.

Unlawful interference in a journalist’s professional activities with a threat of violence is punishable under Article 154 (2) of the Criminal Code.

This crime is punished by a fine or imprisonment for up to two years, deprivation of the right to hold an official position or to carry out a particular activity for up to three years.

September 3

In three municipalities of Shida Kartli, Kakha Kaladze, Secretary-General of the Georgian Dream, and Giorgi Gakharia, Prime Minister of Georgia, together with majoritarian candidates Irakli Mezurnishvili, Giorgi Khojevanishvili and Zaza Dugladze, visited four state-funded infrastructure projects and carried out pre-election agitation.

This is problematic as per international best practice, there should be a clear separation between the state and the ruling political party.

August 29-31

  • In four municipalities of Adjara in Batumi, Khulo, Shuakhevi and Kobuleti, Kakha Kaladze, Secretary General of the Georgian Dream, and Giorgi Gakharia, Prime Minister of Georgia, together with respective majoritarian candidates Resan Kontselidze, Anzor Bolkvadze and Tsotne Ananidze visited six state-funded infrastructure projects and carried out pre-election agitation.

This is problematic as per international best practice, there should be a clear separation between the state and the ruling political party.

August 18 and 21

  • In four municipalities of Kvemo Kartli in Tetritskaro, Tsalka, Marneuli and Gardabani, the Prime-Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia, together with the General Secretary of Georgian Dream, Kakha Kaladze, Chairperson of the Parliament, Archil Talakvadze, and respective majoritarian candidates for the election districts, Gogi Meshveliani and Zaur Dargali, visited seven state-funded infrastructure projects and carried out pre-election agitation.

This is problematic as per international best practice, there should be a clear separation between the state and the ruling political party.

August 18

  • Six employees of the Ninotsminda City Hall resigned from their positions, while 10 so-called Village Trustees were dismissed after their contracts ran out. One of those dismissed, Jora Snkhchviani, stated that he had been told by a representative of the Samtskhe-Javakheti Regional Administration to leave his position.

August 17

  • Sozr Subari, Varketili majoritarian candidate, visited a sports complex near Public School #215 within his election campaign. The sports complex was renovated with funding from the Tbilisi City Hall.

This is problematic as per international best practice, there should be a clear separation between the state and the ruling political party.

August 11

  • In Lagodekhi, the Prime-Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia, together with the General Secretary of Georgian Dream, Kakha Kaladze, Political Secretary of Georgian Dream, Irakli Garibashvili and Georgian Dream’s majoritarian candidate for the Telavi, Akhmeta, Kvareli and Lagodekhi election districts, visited two state-funded infrastructure projects and carried out pre-election agitation.

This is problematic as per international best practice, there should be a clear separation between the state and the ruling political party.

September 1-29

  • During the aforementioned period, our organization revealed 22 instances when various public servants from Samegrelo municipalities were actively carrying out agitation in support of the ruling party during work hours.

This is a violation of Article 45 (4) of the Election Code and envisages a monetary fine of 2000 GEL.

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