About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:55 - 1 May.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Parliamentary Elections in Breakaway Abkhazia
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 12 Mar.'17 / 22:51

Voters in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia cast their ballots on March 12 to elect the 35-member National Assembly.

Abkhaz lawmakers are elected for a five-year term through a majoritarian system in single-mandate constituencies.

There are about 131,523 voters eligible to cast ballot in Sunday’s election, according to the region’s election administration. The figure is less than it was in 2011 presidential and 2012 parliamentary elections as thousands of ethnic Georgians, residing in Gali district, were removed from the voters list.

According to the region’s election administration, total of 137 candidates are running for seats in the region’s legislature; only 24 of them were nominated by political parties – Ainar (8), Amtsakhara (7), the Forum for the National Unity of Abkhazia (6) and the People’s Front of Abkhazia for Justice and Development (3), and others were “independent candidates” nominated by “initiative groups.”

The same source reported that eight women and 28 incumbent lawmakers are running for the legislative seats. There are 128 ethnic Abkhaz, 8 ethnic Armenians and one ethnic Russian among the candidates.

Parliamentary elections come less than three months after protests in Sokhumi, the region’s capital, demanding the resignation of Abkhaz leader Raul Khajimba.

Elections in Abkhazia are denounced as illegitimate by Tbilisi and the international community, except of Russia and few other countries, which have recognized Abkhazia.

Latest News
01 May.'18 10:55
We Have Moved to a New Platform
Direct Your Bookmarks to https://civil.ge.
29 Apr.'18 03:54
Ruling Party Candidate Wins MP By-Elections
Givi Chichinadze will represent Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency in the Parliament of Georgia.
28 Apr.'18 09:40
Polls Open for Vani and Khoni MP By-Elections
48,123 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency.
27 Apr.'18 17:23
State Dept’s Europe Affairs Point Man to Visit Tbilisi
Wess Mitchell will meet senior government officials and address the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum.
27 Apr.'18 13:45
In Quotes: Georgian Politicians on Ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Comeback
Bidzina Ivanishvili will be approved as the Georgian Dream party chairman at the upcoming convention.
26 Apr.'18 18:15
SG Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia NATO’s ‘Very Close’ Partner
The NATO Secretary General says Foreign Ministers meeting tomorrow will recognize the country’s progress.
26 Apr.'18 14:24
Ex-PM Ivanishvili to Chair Georgian Dream Party
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Ivanishvili was ‘best equipped’ to add new dynamism to the party.
26 Apr.'18 11:12
Lawmaker Proposes Criminal Liability for ‘Insult of Religious Feelings’
The parliamentary human rights committee decided to set up a working group for scrutinizing the draft law.
25 Apr.'18 17:21
New Abkhaz Government Head Appointed
Gennady Gagulia has served as the Abkhaz “prime minister” twice - in 1995-1997, and 2002-2003.
25 Apr.'18 14:43
Watchdog Improves Georgia’s Press Freedom Ranking
None of the countries of the former Soviet Union (except the Baltics) are ranked ahead of Georgia.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2018, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
28