30 September 2022,   04:14
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No later than 1 month after EU grants Georgia the candidate status, we will adopt a constitutional law by which the 2024 and subsequent parliamentary elections will be held under proportional system with a 2% threshold - Irakli Kobakhidze

In December, no later than 1 month after the EU grants Georgia candidate status, the Parliament will adopt a constitutional law in all three readings, according to which the 2024 and subsequent parliamentary elections will be held under fully proportional system and with a 2% electoral threshold. Such a statement made today the Chairman of the Georgian Dream.

“We take this political commitment on behalf of the political council of the Georgian Dream and the parliamentary majority before the European Council and the European Commission.

We believe that Georgia getting the candidate status will help reduce the degree of polarization, after which a fully proportional electoral system with a 2% electoral threshold will create an optimal political situation for the state in 2024.

We will completely defeat the United National Movement with its satellites in 2024 even under the 2% threshold, which is a necessary condition for the peaceful, democratic and stable development of Georgia”, - said Irakli Kobakhidze.

He also added that a fully proportional electoral system with a 5% threshold was the “most widespread” system in EU countries and “fully complied with best European practices and legal standards”, while a 2% or lower threshold was present only in 2 EU countries.

“Under a 5% threshold, the UNM will have no chance of success in the 2024 elections. In case of a 2% threshold, their chance of returning to power increases significantly. Consequently, setting a relatively low threshold can be worth [for the Georgian Dream] only if, in return, we get some very important benefits for the country. Such a benefit, in this case, can only be one thing - receiving the EU candidate status that will significantly reduce polarisation in Georgia”, - said the Chairman of ruling party.

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