October 8 has been set as the date of elections to elect 150-member Parliament in which 77 seats will be distributed under the party-list, proportional system among the parties which garner at least 5% of votes, and 73 seats will be allocated for winners in single-member constituencies.
Below are some of the key deadlines, dates and procedures related to the October 8 parliamentary elections as envisaged by the election code and published by the Central Election Commission (CEC).
June 8 – the election date was officially set, marking the formal launch of electoral campaign period, implying that range of electoral regulations are in force from this date – among them tighter regulations on use of administrative resources;
June 13 – Central Election Commission (CEC) has to post on its website information about number of voters and their breakdown by election districts. Final figures have to be published by the CEC on October 3;
June 16 – Deadline for the formation of 73 thirteen-member District Election Commissions;
August 10 – Deadline for registration of those parties, which want to run in the elections, but do not have representatives in the Parliament, and also are not qualified to receive state funding; such parties have to submit with CEC signatures of at least 25,000 supporters in order to be registered;
August 19 – Deadline for registration of those parties, which have representatives in the Parliament or are qualified to receive state funding, and are not required to collect 25,000 signatures;
August 19 – Deadline for the formation of Precinct Election Commissions. Six members of each precinct commissions are appointed by respective District Election Commissions and seven members are party nominees;
August 26 – Deadline for submitting applications for those parties, which plan to team up in an election bloc to run in the elections on the joint ticket in the party-list, proportional race; CEC will have to either register or refuse the registration of a bloc no later than September 1;
September 8 – Deadline for political parties and election blocs to submit to CEC their party-lists of MP candidates; CEC has to either register or refuse in registration no later than September 18;
September 8 – Deadline for political parties and election blocs to submit to the election commission their majoritarian MP candidates, who will run in the single-mandate constituencies; respective District Election Commissions have to either register or refuse in registration no later than September 18;
September 8 – Deadline for setting up polling stations abroad based on the data provided by the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
September 10 – Deadline for those public office holders, who plan to stand as MPs in the elections and the law bans them to at the same time hold office, to resign; for example, if a minister wants to run for MP, he or she has to resign by September 10; this rule, however, does not apply to Prime Minister, who can hold the office and at the same time be an MP candidate;
September 17 – Deadline for registration of those voters, who are abroad and are not yet registered with respective diplomatic mission of Georgia;
September 28 – Deadline for local observer organizations to apply to CEC for registration to monitor the elections; CEC should decide whether to register applicant organization within five days.
September 28 – Deadline for parties or candidates to withdraw from the race; if they declare about pulling out from the race after September 28, their names will still appear on ballot papers on the election day;
October 1 – Deadline for international observer organizations to apply to CEC for registration to monitor the elections; CEC should decide whether to register applicant organization no later than October 3;
October 8 – Elections day; polling stations should open at 8am and close at 8pm local time;
October 22 – Deadline for holding the second round of majoritarian MP elections in those single-mandate constituencies, where no candidate gets more than 50% of votes in the first round;
October 27 – Deadline for CEC to summarize final vote tally of the elections.
The two latter dates (October 22 and October 27) will most likely be shifted to later dates after the Parliament approves amendments to the election code with its third and final reading.
As a result of these planned legislative changes, second round runoffs of majoritarian races will be held within 25 days, instead of currently existing 14, after the first round; it means that the second rounds should be held no later than November 2.
According to the same amendments, in case of runoffs, final vote tally of the elections will have to be summarized and approved by the CEC no later than the 19th day after the second round runoffs, and the newly elected Parliament should hold its inaugural session no later than 20 days after the runoffs.