Opposition Parties Are Hindered in Pre-Election Campaign
Gela Mtivlishvili, Kakheti
In Kakheti region, opposition parties are hindered in pre-election campaign. The election banner of the Alliance for Georgia was destroyed in Kvareli; in Telavi, the posters of the National Movement were pasted over the posters of the Alliance for Georgia. Candidate for the membership of the parliament from the political party “Tortladze- Democrat Party“ in Gurjaani district Levan Cholokashvili said that he was not allowed to meet the doctors and teachers.
Unidentified people destroyed the banner of the Alliance for Georgia at night of May 21 in Kvareli. “They could not tear off the banner without ladder. The office of the election HQ of the Alliance is in Kvareli center; the street is lit at night; people live in the area. The banner could not have been torn off without being noticed by anyone,” said the head of the election HQ Nugzar Ghoniashvili. The Kvareli district police department started investigation under the article on the damage of other’s property.
At night of May 21, in Telavi, the posters of the National Movement were pasted over the posters of the Alliance for Georgia in the territory of the Telavi University and district hospital. “Preparation and pasting of the posters require serious financial and human resources. Our election block has limited funds so we could not print enough posters. We pasted all posters we had prepared but now some people destroy them. We are hindered in pre-election campaign,” said the head of the Telavi election HQ of the Alliance for Georgia Nika Vardoshvili.
According to the Article 75 of the Election Code of Georgia, the election posters shall not be torn off, covered or damaged unless they are pasted in forbidden places. Regarding the violation of the Election Code, the head of the Telavi district election HQ of the Alliance for Georgia appealed to the Telavi district election commission and Central Election Commission, but in vain.
The representative of the Telavi district election HQ of the National Movement Zurab Butskhrikidze denied the accusation about interference in the pre-election campaign of the election block of the opposition parties. He said, the activists of the ruling party who distribute the posters were not ordered to put up their posters over the posters of the opposition parties.
“It might be personal initiative of any young activist. Furthermore, absolutely every poster, which we have put up so far, were torn away either. However, we did not blame the opposition parties in it;” said Butskhrikidze.
Single mandate candidate for the membership of the parliament in Gurjaani district Levan Cholokashvili also complains about some problems regarding his pre-election campaign. He said the director of the Gurjaani district hospital Gela Orvelashvili and director of the local polyclinic Sopio Kumsiashvili did not allow him to meet doctors. Besides that, Cholokashvili said he was not allowed to meet teachers of the Gurjaani district school.
“I am a doctor and wanted to meet my colleagues. We had scheduled the meeting during not-working hours but the directors of the medical institutions refused us. They said, “We will remain here after your meeting and we will face some problems.” I arrived in Gurjaani district school during a long break but the deputy director approached us, started screaming and did not allow us to meet the teachers. It is not normal situation,” said Levan Cholokashvili, who is a candidate of the mid-term parliamentary elections from the opposition party “Tortladze - Democrat Party.”
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