2008-05-08Raising the Dead for Parliamentary Elections
According to Article 9 of the Georgian Election Code, the deadline for making changes into the election lists has already expired. May 9th was the last day where changes could have been made to the election lists based on recent court decisions. However, according to the request of opposition parties, the CEC prolonged the period for changes until May 13. Now the final and complete version of the lists will be ready for May 15. According to the most recent data, 3,461, 851 citizens are registered as voters on the election lists. However, in spite of good intentions and many comments of observation organizations, dead people are included on the lists.
2008-05-07Batumi before Elections
Candidates from opposition parties encounter problems in organizing public meetings.
Batumi has not been plastered with election posters yet. Only Teimuraz Charkviani, a single mandate candidate from the National Movement, has his posters in town. The advertisements of cigarettes were replaced with his posters on various billboards.
2008-05-07Hard Lost Elections: 93 people registered in one flat!
Overcoming “innovative” vote rigging?
The pre-election campaign, as it was already predicted, is heating up and getting tenser. The opposition actively complains about less than a level playing field and attempts to rig up-coming parliamentary elections. The Central Election Commission (CEC) has introduced amendments to the Election Code in response to many complaints. However, the changes have only impacted the opposition in some ways. This begs the question as what will be final impact of the recently adopted amendments. Will there be any difference between the parliamentary elections and other rigged elections? Will election be fraud and what frauds can be expected?
2008-05-06Duisi Resident Has Disappeared
Relatives of Davit Gaurgashvili, a resident of the village of Duisi in the Pankisi Valley applied to the Human Rights Center for help. Davit Gaurgashvili has been missing for eleven days already. On April 26 he arrived in Tbilisi by mini-bus and intended to travel to Rustavi. Gaurgashvili was last seen at the Isani Auto Station.
2008-05-06A Forced Meeting with the National Movement
“Social conditions have improved but we shall do much more. You have gas, the problem of drinking water is being solved, and the Healthcare Program has been implemented the most intensely in Kakheti. The streets are illuminated; many problems have been solved and we shall solve more”- addressed Davit Bakradze, Koba Subeliani, Gigi Tsereteli, Gia Roinishvili, Nugzar Tsiklauri and Khatuna Ochiauri, the leading MP candidates of the National Movement to Kakhetian voters.
2008-05-06Member of National Movement Seeks Closure of Newspaper
Marina Utiashvili, member of the United National Movement, initiated to close down Kakheti based regional newspaper “Imedi”. The representative of the leading party officially stated that the newspaper is one that is always looking for violations and it should not exist.
2008-05-06Head of the Election HQ of the United Opposition Detained in Tsalenjikha
On May 4 2008 officers from the Tsalenjikha District Police Department detained Davit Belkania, the head of the local Election HQ of the United Opposition in front of his house. Later, he was taken to Zugdidi for drug test. Since the test showed Belkania was not under influence, he was then released. It has been third instance of the oppositionist’s detention in the last five days. Davit Belkania connects his persecution to his political activities.
2008-05-06Repression of MP Candidate
The tension is increasing in Akhaltsikhe district with approaching parliamentary elections. Tamar Gogoladze, majoritarian candidate for MP in Akhaltsikhe District from Georgian Republic Party, complains about suppression. “Election commission members from our party are invited to various instances and are given directives. I know who is meeting them and unless they stop the suppression, I will announce their names and will apply to other forms protest too.”
2008-05-05Attorney Hunger Strike Means Georgian Justice Died
Lia Mukhashavria Shares Attorneys’ Hardest Conditions
Attorneys are sick and tired of remaining silent. They want to become more active in the pre-election period. Moreover, they have now decided to speak openly about legal gaps in the law as well as the general problems facing the profession. The dire herald of the Georgian legal system has only been highlighted by a very few until this time. “It is an act of last resort when attorneys take to street protests out of sheer desperation. It is only when there is not other option left open to them. Taking to the street portends that they have no other way out. This means that Georgia justice is dead”- this is how Lia Mukhashavria, a well-known attorney described the real situation facing legal system in Georgia.
2008-05-02“People’s Wishes Unfulfilled”- Concluded Akhaltsikhe District Locals
Voters from Akhaltsikhe look at the parliamentary elections pessimistically. Most of them do not know the candidates who are taking part in the polls.
2008-05-02Arrested Election Observer for “Not” Accepting Deal
Sabir Mekhtiev, an observer from the General-Civil Movement “Multinational Georgia”, who was an active observer during the Presidential Elections in 2008, was arrested. It appears that he was not willing to accept the deal of Aflatun Valiev, representative of the Sadakhlo Administrative-Territorial Unit Board.
2008-05-02Sozar Subari: “No More Rigged Elections” – Real Problem or Pre-election trick.
Public Defender does not trust the chairperson of the CEC
Why does not Public Defender trust the chairperson of the CEC? Why were amendments introduced to the Election Code just before the Elections? What are the connections between the pre-election campaign and problems in Abkhazia? Twenty days remain before the Parliamentary Elections. The Human Rights Centre interviewed Sozar Subari, the Georgian Public Defender about the situation in the country during the pre-election
2008-05-01Khashuri Locals Complain: Poor Sewage System
People are afraid to say a word when they meet the Minister.
“Great Investment Environment,” it was assessment made by the government in Khashuri where residential buildings were painted and roofs were repaired in keeping with the times. “We will repair roofs, and then supply the building with gas, then we will paint it and everything will be smooth,” said chairperson of the Khashuri District Municipality Board during his meeting with the residents of Stalini Street # 32. He tried to avoid the meeting of the discontent people with regional governor and Davit Tkeshelashvili, the Minister of Regional Management.
2008-05-01Why Destroy Karaleti Forest?
The vast forest in the village of Karaleti in Gori District has been permanently destroyed. Locals are protesting over the incident and they claim the state does not pay least attention to the 350 hectares of pristine forest.
2008-05-01Prosecutors are Regional Governors in Police State
Imereti region has new governor. Davit Tkeshelashvili, the State Minister for Regional Management, who is now introduced as Western Georgia’s Prosecutor and new Regional Governor. The predictions of Kutaisi residents have become true, especially with the de-facto situation that was legally registered by the central government.
2008-04-30Seven IDP Families Unable to Receive Compensations
Verdict of the Supreme Court has not been executed
Maka Malakmadze, Batumi
IDP population of the Adjara Autonomous Republic should receive compensation from the foreign Company “Adjara Resorts Holding B.V” after they were inserted on the list by the Ministry of healthcare. However, the latter is not responsible to pay compensations according to an agreement signed between the company and the Adjara Government. It is still uncertain whether the seven IDP families will be compensated or not.
2008-04-30National Movement 3rd Majoritarian Candidate for Tsalenjikha District Voters
On April 22 Mikheil Machavariani, vice-speaker of the Georgian Parliament, introduced Roland Fifia, a Russia-based Georgian businessman, to the voters of the Tsalenjikha District as the Majoritarian candidate standing from the National Movement. Gia Mebonia, former District Governor who was first promoted as the majoritarian candidate two weeks ago, and then Gia Kharchilava, and the chairperson of the Municipality Board consider this fact as just some kind of misunderstanding. They are both competing with each other to demonstrate just how faithful they are to the Georgian President. Tsalenjikh’s voters connect the on-going situation with inner-governmental and inner-party backbiting.
2008-04-30“Only Bait is Free in a Mouse-Trap”
Buckwheat, soup, mashed potato, spaghetti and meat- course rarely- it is the menu offered to the socially excluded population three years ago by the “Rose Government”. With the initiative the government gained hearts of one part of the voters, especially during the pre-election campaign. Now, parliamentary elections are approaching and consequently, the government has aimed to gain the hearts and votes of vulnerable people again.
2008-04-29Candidates for MP Are Busy Bribing Voters
Bribing of voters is prohibited by both the Election Code and the Criminal Code. However, candidates for Majoritarian MP, mostly from United National Movement (the leading party) are freely giving out presents to voters. Similar acts have been revealed by local and central TV companies almost everyday; however no criminal case has been launched yet.
2008-04-29“Great Trade” In the Hospitals Sector
“Universal Declaration on Human Rights” states that everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate to satisfy their health and well-being. Everyone has the right to good health regardless of his or her ethnicity, belief and social-economical conditions. It is natural that this international document applies to Georgian Citizens too concerning their rights for health protection and other rights.
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