GEORGIA ON THE EVE OF ANOTHER ELECTION CYCLE

Malkhaz MATSABERIDZE


Malkhaz Matsaberidze, D.Sc. (Political Science), professor at Ivan Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Tbilisi, Georgia)


On 1 October, 2005, five one-candidate (majority) constituencies went to the polls to elect their parliament deputies. Even though the results could not tip the balance of forces in the countrys legislature where the ruling bloc and its supporters dominate absolutely, they added heat to the already fairly hot confrontation between the government and the opposition. The ruling party wanted to prove that its high rating remained intact, while the opposition hoped to demonstrate that the public was already on its side. The election was expected to demonstrate whether the institution of elections was functioning properly in a country in which mass falsification of election results in the past provoked a velvet revolution and which was entering another election cycle (in 2006, the country will elect local administrations, in 2008, the parliament, and in 2009, the president).

Specifics of Post-Revolutionary Elections

In a country where the falsification of election results triggered a revolution and the old government was overturned, the new leaders naturally bear enormous responsibility for ensuring fair and objective elections. This is not an easy task for several objective and subjective reasons.

A velvet revolution speaks of the weakness and..


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