Ruling party-proposed electronic voting “step forward” - opposition MP

Aleksandre Rakviashvili, an MP from the Girchi opposition party, said on Tuesday that electronic voting would increase credibility of elections. Photo: Parliament of Georgia press office, 13 Sep 2022 - 14:22, Tbilisi,Georgia

Aleksandre Rakviashvili, an MP from the Girchi opposition party, on Tuesday welcomed the ruling Georgian Dream party’s announcement on introducing electronic voter registration and voting starting with the 2024 Parliamentary elections in the country, calling the move a “step forward” for ensuring a fairer electoral environment. 

In his comments, the MP said the system would increase credibility of elections and remove questions around their legitimacy.

This is a question where the ruling party and the opposition are more or less unanimous. The new system has already been tested in several election districts of Tbilisi and Batumi. We believe that electronic voting will ensure more credibility in the elections”, Rakviashvili said. 

Announcing the forthcoming amendments, the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party, Irakli Kobakhidze, said on Tuesday that in the majority of polling stations - including in all cities and large settlements that “cover at least 70 percent of voters” - voter registration and voting would be carried out using electronic equipment starting with the 2024 Parliamentary elections. 

Kobakhidze noted the Government was “actively working” on the implementation of the 12-point conditions outlined by the European Union, which, among other things, involves revision of the Georgian Election Code.