NGOs' joint opinion on the amendments to the Organic Law - Election Code of Georgia
On June 5, the Parliament of Georgia registered the draft law, which envisages the amendments to the Organic Law - "Election Code of Georgia".
Among the amendments, we positively evaluate the regulations, which simplify the registration process of electoral subjects, observers and media organizations (the voluntary electronic registration has been introduced). Moreover, the regulations, which aim to improve the registration process of electoral subjects (including the coordination among the state agencies, receiving the updated information from the electoral subjects etc.) deserve a positive assessment. However, alongside with the above mentioned changes, the new rule related to the composition of election commissions, as well as the regulations which impose the certain limitations on the transparency and accountability of the Electoral Administration (the changes regarding the media coverage of sessions of election commissions, as well as, release of public information) have been assessed negatively.
Our suggestions on the proposed amendments are as follows: