New rules approved for election of Central Election Commission head, members

The Georgian NGOs were against the approval of the new rules by the state legislature. Photo: parliament of Georgia press office., 17 Dec 2021 - 18:57, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian parliament approved new rules for the election of the head of the country’s Central Election Commission (CEC) and its members earlier today despite the calls of NGOs not to support the ‘simplified procedures.’ 

Eighty-two MPs supported the changes proposed by the ruling Georgian Dream party in its third and final reading in the 150-member state legislature. 

According to the new rules, the CEC chair and members can be elected immediately with a simple majority (at least 76 MPs in the 150-member parliament) if the first vote, which requires the support of ⅔ of 150-MPs, fails.