Self government

President Zurabishvili confirms October 2 for local autonomy elections

Georgian President Salomé Zurabishvili has confirmed October 2 as the date for Georgia’s autonomous local elections.

Several hours before Zurabishvili confirmed the date of the elections, the Georgian parliament elected Giorgi Kalandarishvili as the new chairman of the Central Election Commission for a six-month term on August 3.

On July 28, the ruling Georgian Dream party revoked its status as a signatory to the EU-brokered April 19 deal that resolved a six-month political crisis in the country following the 2020 parliamentary elections and brought proposed large-scale electoral and judicial reforms.

The leader of the ruling party, Irakli Kobakhidze, said the agreement “had served its purpose” and accused opposition parties of failing to honor it.

Kobakhidze also said holding the October 2 municipal elections as part of the EU-negotiated deal when opposition parties refuse to sign it would be “harmful to Georgia’s interests.”

Irakli Kobakhidze noted that the ruling party is ready to “show good will” and accept the holding of repeated legislative elections even if it obtains 53% of the total vote in the municipal elections, instead of 43% as this was proposed in the EU mediation. agreement.

Teresa R. Cabrera

The author Teresa R. Cabrera