Georgia’s Parliamentary Elections date set

  • Announcing the election date, Margvelashvili said he would send the relevant documentation to the Prime Minister for countersignature today, April 6. Photo by Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge
Agenda.ge, 6 Apr 2016 - 11:41, Tbilisi,Georgia

There are 185 days left before Georgian citizens can vote for who they want to run the country.

The date for Georgia’s Parliamentary Elections has been set for October 8, 2016.

Late last night Georgia’s President announced the date in a televised address following his meeting with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and other officials at the Government’s headquarters in Tbilisi.

"I had a fruitful meeting with the Prime Minister [and] representatives of the executive and legislative authorities. We have overviewed the current development in our region and coordinative work, inside and outside of the country, for the better future of Georgia and the region at large,” said President Giorgi Margvelashvili.

Announcing the election date, Margvelashvili said he would send the relevant documentation to the Prime Minister for countersignature today, April 6.

According to the Georgian Constitution, the Parliamentary Elections must be held in October however it was up to the President to determine the exact date. The President’s decision then needed to be confirmed by the Prime Minister.

Once this has taken place, Georgia’s political parties can begin their pre-election campaigns.

Parties who will participate in the upcoming election welcomed last night’s early announcement of the election date.

Meanwhile in a written statement the Government’s Administration outlined what issues were discussed at the working meeting with the President last night.

"Georgia’s foreign policy priorities and the situation in the region was discussed,” read the statement, noting Georgia’s "domestic development” was also reviewed.

The statement also said President Margvelashvili briefed the meeting about his recent trip to the United States where he spoke at the Nuclear Security Summit.

Last night’s meeting was also attended by:

  • Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze;
  • Defence Minister Tinatin Khidasheli;
  • Head of the State Security Service Vakhtang Gomelauri;
  • Head of the Intelligence Service Davit Sujashvili;
  • Secretary of the State Security and Crisis Management Council Mindia Janelidze;
  • Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs Tedo Japaridze;
  • Secretary of President’s National Security Council Irina Imerlishvili; and
  • Head of the President’s Administration Giorgi Abashishvili.
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