Why one man, one vote means something different in Georgia.

With the publication of the voters’ list ahead of the 1 October parliamentary election the glaring difference in the size of constituencies, and the impact that it may have on the result of the elections has become only too obvious. Despite the fact that this issue has been highlighted many times by the international community, particularly the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE no remedial action has been taken.

According to the data that has been released by the Central Elections Commission of Georgia there are 3,621,256 voters. Whilst all voters have one vote the importance of this vote varies depending on the constituency. Whilst 77 MPs are elected on a proportional party list, the other 73 are elected through single member constituencies. The size of these constituencies varies enormously with some having only a few thousand voters and others exceeding 150,000 voters.

This problem is not unique to Georgia but whereas in most countries boundary commissions constantly revise boundaries to keep the difference between the largest and the smallest constituencies within a predefined range in Georgia the situation has not been corrected. The process is not painless in many countries, as many communities insist to keeping their local MP even if they had become too small to do so. Exceptions are usually made for islands, or remote mountain communities. In urban areas however such big discrepancies are considered intolerable.

Whilst it is too late to resolve this problem in Georgia ahead of the coming elections it is already possible to see that this may become a serious issue in case of a close result.

Source CEW.

Number of Voters According to Election Districts, for the Parliamentary Elections 2012

(Table reproduced from the website of the Central Elections Commission of Georgia)

District Number of Voters

01-Mtatsminda 51,910

02-Vake 99,436

03-Saburtalo 128,740

04-Krtsanisi 47,110

05-Isani 117,646

06-Samgori 155,502

07-Chughureti 58,582

08-Didube 72,122

09-Nadzaladevi 140,623

10-Gldani 155,822

11-Sagarejo 45,793

12-Gurjaani 55,432

13-Sighnaghi 31,864

14-Dedoplistskaro 23,207

15-Lagodekhi 39,730

16-Kvareli 29,652

17-Telavi 58,005

18-Akhmeta 30,802

19-Tianeti 11,076

20-Rustavi 110,607

21-Gardabani 74,514

22-Marneuli 98,888

23-Bolnisi 58,091

24-Dmanisi 22,949

25-Tsalka 24,303

26-Tetritskaro 21,822

27-Mtskheta 44,754

28-Dusheti 26,386

29-Kazbegi 5,779

30-Kaspi 40,433

32-Gori 112,738

33-Kareli 37,647

35-Khashuri 50,446

36-Borjomi 27,609

37-Akhaltsikhe 36,524

38-Adigeni 15,755

39-Aspindza 9,868

40-Akhalkalaki 41,021

41-Ninotsminda 22,837

43-Oni 6,855

44-Ambrolauri 11,980

45-Tsageri 12,006

46-Lentekhi 5,955

47-Mestia 8,413

48-Kharagauli 20,364

49-Terjola 34,744

50-Sachkhere 44,337

51-Zestaponi 57,190

52-Baghdati 23,415

53-Vani 26,855

54-Samtredia 48,446

55-Khoni 24,260

56-Chiatura 45,397

57-Tkibuli 23,900

58-Tskaltubo 53,384

59-Kutaisi 163,654

60-Ozurgeti 64,464

61-Lanchkhuti 30,112

62-Chokhatauri 18,856

63-Abasha 22,080

64-Senaki 42,806

65-Martvili 34,625

66-Khobi 29,499

67-Zugdidi 129,170

68-Tsalenjikha 32,147

69-Chkhorotsku 23,190

70-Poti 41,658

79-Batumi 131,756

80-Keda 15,822

81-Kobuleti 69,353

82-Shuakhevi 15,311

83-Khelvachauri 48,796

84-Khulo 24,431


1. Among them, 77232 voters, removed from the registry on the basis of a statement of an individual or dwelling owner.

2. A mong them, 111763 voters, removed from the address registry, revealed as a result of a door-to-door campaign, implemented by the Commission for Ensuring the Accuracy of Voters’ List

Information provided by the Central Elections Commission