Presidential Election : A Peaceful Transfer Of Power From The United National Movement
In the run up to this year’s vote, both of the leading parties, the Georgian Dream and the UNM, have sought to offer new faces. Paata Burchuladze, a famous public figure and opera singer, has also entered the political arena to lead the party, “State for the People”. This year’s election is one of the most contested elections in Georgia’s history and polls indicate that the leading parties have little chance of gaining more than 50% of the vote.
According to the Central Electoral Commission, there are 19 political parties and 6 coalition registered for 2016 Parliamentary Elections. Opinion polls have found the major contenders to be: the Georgian Dream, the United National Movement, “Paata Burchuladze - State for the People”, the Patriots’ Alliance, the Free Democrats and the Labour Party.
There are several important organisations that have been observing the elections, such as The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and many other local or international organisations, which have already been observing the campaign period. Their main…