About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 14:48 - 22 Apr.'17
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Ruling Party, Opposition 'in Consultations on Electoral Reform'
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 5 May.'11 / 20:59

The ruling party and a group of eight opposition parties are holding consultations on electoral system reform, representatives from the both sides have said.

“Consultations have been launched individually with [separate] parties; that’s the best way to achieve an agreement,” Akaki Minashvili, a senior ruling party lawmaker, told Civil.ge on May 5.

Davit Berdzenishvili of the Republican Party, part of the group of eight opposition parties, said that one meeting with the ruling party representatives had already been held.

“So far there is only a willingness on the part of [the authorities] to keep relations, without yet putting any substantive issue [for discussions],” Davit Berdzenishvili told Civil.ge on May 5.

He said that the ruling party wanted to have negotiations separately with parties within the group of eight, but the latter, Berdzenishvili said, was represented by “a single individual”.

The sides have declined to discuss details of the consultations.

The group of eight opposition parties does not represent a formal coalition or an electoral bloc; it only has an agreement to speak with one voice with the authorities over the electoral-related issues.

The group of eight parties, along with some other smaller opposition parties, was engaged in talks on electoral system reform with the ruling party in frames of Election Code Working Group (ECWG) since November, 2010. The last meeting in frames of that format, facilitated by International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), was held on March 9. Since then talks within ECWG have been suspended and judging from remarks from the both sides there seems to be little chances for resumption of that format at least for now.

RELATED
Latest News
22 Apr.'17 14:48
Georgia in CoE Annual Report on Democracy
The Council of Europe Secretary General’s fourth annual report was released on April 20.
22 Apr.'17 12:13
NGOs Criticize Constitution Draft, Propose Further Debate
NGOs propose final debate, criticizing the draft constitution amendments.
22 Apr.'17 00:26
Opposition Parties Reject Constitution Changes, Boycott Commission
The final meeting of the Constitutional Reform Commission is to be held on April 22.
21 Apr.'17 14:10
CoE Issues Report on Conflict in Georgia
The Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe member states held a debate on this topic on April 19.
21 Apr.'17 01:49
President Slams Draft Constitution Amendments
Margvelashvili views the ongoing reform process as an attempt to curtail the presidency.
20 Apr.'17 23:50
PM Kvirikashvili on Georgia’s Foreign, Security Policy
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili addressed the fourth South Caucasus Security Forum on April 20.
20 Apr.'17 17:55
Foreign Minister on Reintegration, Abkhazia Railway Opening
Mikheil Janelidze outlined Tbilisi’s strategy towards the occupied regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
20 Apr.'17 16:13
Georgian Defense Minister: France ‘Strategic Ally’
French, Georgian defense ministers outline ‘cooperation plan’ to strengthen Georgia’s air defense.
20 Apr.'17 03:30
Sergey Lavrov Reassures Sokhumi on Security
Sergey Lavrov spoke on transit connection to Armenia through the region, non-use of force agreement.
19 Apr.'17 14:40
Iranian Foreign Minister Concludes Georgia Visit
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will visit Tehran on April 22-23.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2017, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
68