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The spaces allocated for the pre-election propaganda turned into topics of controversy
During the pre-election period, the government constantly claims that the 2016 Parliamentary Elections and pre-election process shall be conducted according to the democratic standards, without any complications. In the response to that, the representatives of the opposition political parties complain about unfair conditions and injustice. In particular, they speak about limited access to the spaces for pre-election campaigns, which remain problematic, as it was during past elections.
Isko Daseni inserted on the election list of the Georgian Dream in exchange of 167 000 GEL
On August 12, 2016 Ltd MFO Leader Credit donated 120 000 GEL to the political party Georgian Dream. On the same day, 3 members of Ltd’s supervisory board and their relatives transferred total 47 000 GEL to the same political party. Approximately one month later, the ruling party inserted Isko Daseni, the head of the enterprise, in the top thirty of the proportional list. Isko Daseni is Aleksandre Tchikaidze’s [former Minister of Interior] partner. 

The United National Movement blames the State Security Service in the oppression on the private company
The representatives of the Rustavi Office of the United National Movement [UNM] blame the State Security Service in the hindering of the pre-election campaign. Mamuka Chikovani, the single mandate candidate in Rustavi from the UNM, declared that the State Security Service did not allow the political party to put the banner in the central avenue. 

Pre-election complaint to the Kutaisi District Election Commission
Kutaisi office of the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association lodged a complaint to the Kutaisi District Election Commission #59. The complaint applies to a possible violation of the election code. In particular, it refers to the pre-election propaganda by the head of the Organizational and Human Resources Department at the Kutaisi City Council during the working hours.
The Public Defender: “peculiarities of the regions were not taken into account while composing election districts”
The Public Defender’s Office, for the first time in the history of independent Georgia, will observe the 2016 Parliamentary Elections under its mandate. On August 25, Ucha Nanuashvili, the Public Defender, spoke about the upcoming elections and the action plan of their office during the meeting with the representatives of the NGO in the hotel Courtyard Marriott. After the meeting, the Public Defender answered several questions of www.humanrights.ge.  
The representative of the National Movement speaks about hindering the election campaign

“It is the second case when they create obstacles for us in the election campaign. The first occurred in the village Nakhiduri, the second was repeated in the village Mamkhuti”, - Samira Ismailova, the single mandate candidate in Bolnisi municipality from the National Movement, declared.

The Public Defender and NGOs will cooperate during election observatio
By September 1, 2016 there are 25 international and 48 local observation organizations registered by the Georgian Central Election Commission for the 2016 Parliamentary Elections (CEC). The process of registration is not finished yet. Consequently, the number of the observing organizations may increase. 
The ruling party’s election campaign during the feast in Gardabani
Savalan Mirzoev, the single mandate candidate of the Georgian Dream in Gardabani, conducts his election campaign during the feast. The single mandate candidate posted the photos of his meeting with the voters on Facebook. There are 20-30 people around the table on the photos, where people were served with tea, fruit and sweets. Only once we read that the single mandate candidate was hosted by the local population. 
The pre-election problems in the Paata Burtchuladze’s Political Party
Active members left the political party of Paata Burtchuladze  during the pre-election marathon. Nino Kuzanova left the party even after the first assembly of the political movement State for People, which took place in the Tbilisi Sports Palace. Soon several colleagues took her example. 
Paata Burtchuladze: “I will see united Georgia”
On August 25, Paata Burtchuladze, the leader of the movement State for People, with the representatives of the coalition, arrived in village Zemo Sobisi of the Gori Municipality. Several days before, the representatives of the occupation regime did not allow the farmers to harvest. Burtchuladze protested Russian propaganda and moving occupation from Sobisi. 
The ruling party completed presentation of single mandate candidates in Shida Kartli
“Valeri Gelashvili personally experienced the injustice and oppression of the government. He was under the threat of death. He bravely confronted that time injustice in the country. The problems of Khashuri population are familiar to him and we will try to solve them together”, - Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the Prime-Minister, presented the MP Valeri Gelashvili as single mandate candidate for the upcoming parliamentary elections to the people gathered in the center of Khashuri. Kvirikashvili mentioned that the National Movement did not mind even the fact that Gelashvili was MP and physically assaulted him. 
The observers do not confirm pressure on convicted persons
“New so-called prisoner supervisors are appointed in the prisons, who have good relationship with the administration. They are moved from the closed prisons. Their parents are oppressed to convince the relatives to vote for the ruling party in the upcoming elections. The prisoners, who had their terms reduced at 10 and 15 years in 2012, now are promised to be released after the 2016 elections”, - Koba Subeliani, MP of the National Movement, posted the status on his Facebook page. Consequently, the general inspection of the Ministry of Corrections interrogated him. 
Do public servants violate the election code?
The opposition parties blame the representatives of the government in the violation of the election code. Single mandate candidate of the Republic Party, Nato Katamadze in the Kutaisi election district, declares that the representatives of the Kutaisi local self-government make pre-election propaganda during working hours, therefore, violate the Georgian legislation. 
Political polarization and its consequences in Georgia
Gap between political parties and their extreme polarization has been believed to be one of the obstacles for the development of the state of Georgia. European Union, Council of Europe and OSCE underlined that the political polarization is very serious problem in Georgia. The situation gets particularly acute before the Parliamentary Elections, when the confrontation between the parties turns into bloody battle and voters also take part in the fights. 
Pro-Russian Party, Whose TV Ad Sparked Outcry, Banned from Election
A fringe pro-Russian party, which became known to a wider public after its campaign TV ad, pledging “legalizing” Russian military bases in Georgia, drew quick and widespread condemnation, has been banned from running in the October 8 parliamentary elections on the procedural grounds not related, at least formally, to party’s controversial ad.
United single mandate districts – pros and cons
Several municipalities meet the 2016 Parliamentary Elections with united election districts. Therefore, two municipalities will have one single mandate MP in the 9th convocation of Georgian Parliament. The political parties and experts negatively assessed the amendment, which was done to equalize the votes of electorate. Beside negative evaluation, the representatives of the political parties gave positive assessment to the amendment.
Who was interested in the information of the National Forum?!
The members of the political union National Forum asses breaking into their Nadzaladevi office and into the house of their single mandate candidates a political revenge. The MIA states the results from the expertise will speed up the investigation. 
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