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20 Parties, 4 Blocs Registered to Run in Local Elections
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 19 May.'14 / 19:30

The Central Election Commission (CEC) has registered a total of 20 political parties and 4 election blocs, which will run in the June 15 local elections.

Below is the list of four election blocs – each of them represents a coalition of parties running in the elections on joint ticket:

  • Georgian Dream ruling coalition – unites six parties: Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia; Conservative Party; Industrialists; Republican Party; Free Democrats and National Forum.
  • United National Movement (UNM) – the largest opposition party has formally established a bloc with Christian-Conservative Party, which is now actually a defunct political party, established two decades ago by Shota Malashkhia, who is a long-time UNM lawmaker; depending on election results, creating a bloc may give some privileges to the UNM, like additional seat in CEC.
  • Non-Parliamentary Opposition – a bloc established by the New Rights and Free Georgia parties;
  • Self-Governance for the People – a bloc established by For Fair Georgia and European Democrats parties.

Below is the list of political parties registered by the CEC for the upcoming local elections:

  • Nino Burjanadze-United Opposition – it is actually a coalition of Burjanadze’s Democratic Movement-United Georgia (DMUG) and Christian-Democratic Movement (CDM), which opted not to register as an election bloc;
  • Labor Party, which is led by Shalva Natelashvili
  • The Green Party of Georgia – it is led by an independent MP Giorgi Gachechiladze, who was GD parliamentary majority member before quitting it in February, 2014;
  • In the Name of the Lord-the Lord is Our Truth;
  • Political Movement of [law enforcement and armed forces] Veterans and Patriots of Georgia;
  • Georgian Party – it is led by ex-defense minister Irakli Okruashvili, who wanted to run for a mayor of town of Gori, but was denied due to failure to meet residency requirement;
  • Alliance of Patriots of Georgia;
  • National Democratic Party (NDP);
  • Georgia’s Way – the party founded by ex-foreign minister Salome Zourabichvili;
  • Our Georgia (National Democratic Movement);
  • Future Georgia;
  • Christian Democratic Party (Christian Democrats);
  • Merab Kostava Society
  • People’s Movement;
  • Reformers;
  • People’s Party;
  • Council of Georgian Workers;
  • Party of People
  • Assembly of Unity
  • Freedom–Zviad Gamsakhurdia’s Way

Like the Parliament, local councils (Sakrebulos) are also elected through mixed system – part of Sakrebulo members are elected in majoritarian, single-mandate constituencies through first-past-the-post, winner-take-all rule, and another part through party-list, proportional contest. 

A political party or a bloc has to garner at least 4% of votes in respective municipality in order to endorse members in Sakrebulo through party-list, proportional contest.

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