Political parties in Georgia have started preparing candidates for next October’s parliamentary elections.
The First Deputy Prosecutor General of Georgia, Davit Sakvarelidze, announced on June 11 that he was resigning in order to enter politics. Georgian media have speculated over the last days that Sakvarelidze will become the majoritarian candidate for the ruling United National movement (UNM) in the Krtsanisi District of the Capital Tbilisi.
A UNM official told the Georgian news portal Civil.ge on that Sakvarelidze’s possible candidacy in Krtsanisi single-mandate constituency was under consideration, but no final decision was yet made.
In the meantime, at a Rally held in Kutaisi, the leader of the Georgian Dream Coalition, Bidhzina Ivanishvili has named six out of the twelve majoritarian candidates for the Imereti region of Georgia.
Gubaz Sanikidze, one of the leaders of National Forum – one of the parties within the Georgian Dream coalition will run in Kutaisi, which is Georgia’s second largest city and one of the largest single-mandate constituencies.
Kakha Kaladze, a retired footballer, who was a captain of the Georgian national team and who won the Champions League on two occasions with AC Milan, will run in his native town of Samtredia.
Eliso Chapidze, a former journalist who edited daily Rezonansi before joining Ivanishvili’s party, will run in the coal-mining town of Tkibuli. An actor Gogi Kavtaradze was nominated as a majoritarian MP candidate in Zestaponi. A lawyer Archil Kbilashvili from Ivanishvili’s party, Georgian Dream- Democratic Georgia, will run in Bagdati. Nodar Ebanoidze of the Republican Party, part of the Georgian Dream coalition, will run in Kharagauli.
Georgia has a mixed system in which 73 lawmakers out of 150 will be elected in 73 single-mandate constituencies and rest 77 seats will be allocated proportionally under the party-list contest among political parties and election blocs, which will clear 5% threshold. Source CEW with civil.ge
Davit Sakvarelidze, has resigned from his post as First Deputy Prosecutor General of Georgia to contest a parliamentary seat in the capital Tbilisi