PM: Pre-election standards are significantly improved in Georgia

Georgia's Prime Minister signed the President’s decree over the dates of the October Parliamentary Elections and pre-election campaigning. Photo by N.Alavidze/, 08 Jun 2016 - 16:08, Tbilisi,Georgia

Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili has signed the President’s decree about the upcoming Parliamentary Elections, meaning parties can officially begin pre-election campaigning from today. 

 President Giorgi  Margvelashvili sent his decree to the PM to sign on June 3. 

The decree offered June 8 as the date to begin pre-election campaigning in Georgia and October 8 as the date of the Parliamentary Elections. 

The PM had ten days to sign the decree since receiving it from the President. 

Earlier today he approved the President’s proposal, which automatically meant the beginning of pre-election campaigning for Georgian political players. 

Speaking about the pre-election environment, PM Kvirikashvili stressed a range of regulations had come into play or would soon be enacted that ensured pre-election campaigning meets high standards.

A range of regulations are coming into force. We have consulted about the regulations, which envisaged restricted use of administrative resources and similar, with the Parliament and President. The regulations will ensure a significantly improved pre-election campaigning environment,” the PM said.

The restrictions Kvirikashvili mentioned prohibited the use of administrative resources, budget funds, or the use of official posts during the pre-election period.

Moreover, it was forbidden to use communications, information services and other types of equipment owned by state authorities or local self-government bodies or the organisations financed from the stated budget.

Also, the  Election Code prohibits using vehicles owned by state or local authorities.