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2016-09-30
Ethnic Azerbaijani people and Elections
After the 2012 Parliamentary Elections 8 ethnic minorities became members of the Parliament of Georgia. In 2008-2012 there were 6 ethnic minority MPs in the Georgian Parliament, in 2004-2008 their number was 12 and in 1998-2004 – 16. 
2016-09-30
The MP Candidates in the Pre-Election Campaign and Voters without Information
“What has the MP, whom we elected, done for us? He has never come to us and got interested in our problems. We have no gas and water supplies but nobody cares about it. Members of one of the political parties came here and tried to convince us to vote for him and their Georgian candidate.
2016-09-30
The war of election banners
The election experts, representatives of NGOs and the chairwoman of the Central Election Commission positively evaluate the pre-election campaign. The CEC chairwoman promised the 2016 Parliamentary Elections will be more organized than ever. Tamar Zhvania said the miscarriages from the previous elections were easily tackled. 

2016-09-26
Up to 60 families might lose their flats in Gori

The residential buildings are demolished in the Kombinati settlement in Gori. That’s why up to 60 families can lose flats and stay homeless. The local population declared they several times applied the Local Self-Government and the Central Government of Georgia about their living conditions, but there was no response. 
2016-09-26
Preparation for the meeting with the Prime-Minister and attack on journalist in Tsnori
Yesterday, preparation works started for the meeting with the Prime-Minister in the central street of Tsnori, which had been under construction for several months. The workers were forced to clean the street from the stones and to fill the pits with asphalt and concrete in a heavy rain. Tamaz Mateshvili, the representative of the Tsnori district governor in the village, came drunk to the Liberty Street after the journalist of the Information Center of Kakheti arrived on the site. He cursed the journalist and slapped in the face and then left the territory by his car. 

2016-09-22
Tamar Zhvania: “The society believes that we no longer discuss falsification problems”
Humanrights.ge interviewed Tamar Zhvania, the chairwoman of the Central Election Commission, about the pre-election environment. 
2016-09-19
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.
  
2016-09-13
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. 

2016-09-09
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. 

2016-09-07
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.
2016-09-07
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.  
2016-09-07
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.

2016-09-02
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. 
2016-09-02
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. 
2016-08-31
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. 
 
2016-08-30
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. 
2016-08-26
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. 
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