Georgian parliament to elect public defender by open ballot

  • The term of office of the current public defender, Nino Lomjaria, expires at the end of the year. The parliament must elect the new ombudsperson in December, a decision that requires the votes of 90 MPs. Photo: Parliament of Georgia

Agenda.ge, 22 Sep 2022 - 15:23, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian parliament on Thursday adopted an initiative for electing the country’s next public defender by an open ballot.

Levan Ioseliani, a Citizens opposition party leader who initiated the bill, said the amendment would ensure “transparency and inclusiveness” of the process and allow the public to follow the “consistency of the decision” of the members of the parliament.

The parliament supported our initiative, which involves cancelling the secrecy of the public defender's election and introducing openness. The mentioned change will help ensure that the procedure of electing the public defender is conducted in a transparent and inclusive manner”, Ioseliani noted.

The term of office of the current public defender, Nino Lomjaria, expires at the end of the year. The parliament must elect the new ombudsperson in December, a decision that requires the votes of 90 MPs.

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