President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili has named October 31 as the date of parliamentary elections and elections of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara within Georgia.
I signed the election declaration act today. Parliamentary elections in our country will be held on October 31, as provided by our Constitution. I would like to address the public and urge you to conduct this period, these two months leading up to the elections, as peacefully as possible", said Zurabishvili.
Zurabishvili said that 30 years ago, on October 28, 1990 Georgia held democratic elections and 'we should continue this tradition and represent our country to the world as an extremely democratic country'.
According to Georgia’s constitution, the parliamentary elections should be held in October, but it is up to the president to set an exact date no later than two months before the voting day.
As for the regular elections of the Supreme Council of Autonomous Republic of Adjara, it shall be held on the last Saturday of October of the calendar year during which the term of authority of the Supreme Council expires.
By Georgian law, the president calls the date of the elections of the Supreme Council by cosigning the Georgian prime minister.
Parliamentary elections will be held according to an updated electoral system: 120 MPs will be elected according to party lists, and 30 - according to majoritarian districts. In addition, the barrier for a party to enter parliament has been lowered and is now not three, but only one percent.