Georgian First Channel is broadcasting nationwide public discussions on constitutional amendments.
As Archil Talakvadze, the Chairman of the Parliament said during live broadcast, “the parliamentary and non-parliamentary forces reached a consensus on an initiated constitutional amendment.”
“This change envisages a 120/30 electoral system according to which 120 seats in the legislative body will be distributed via a proportional vote and the remaining 30 via the majoritarian system.
On top of that, the agreement foresees a fair composition of election districts, a 1% threshold, and a cap recognising that no single party that wins less than 40% of the votes should be able to get its own majority in the next parliament,” Talakvadze said.
Talakvadze pointed out that if the political parties decide to run together in the upcoming parliamentary election, the threshold will increase. For example, in the case of four or five political parties that will represent an alliance, they should achieve a 5% threshold.
At the same time, the chairman of the Parliament said that “the radical part of the opposition is speculating as if the ruling party wants to win the election with less than 40 per cent of votes.”
“We never said that. Moreover, since 2012, the Georgian Dream has never been in power with less than 40 per cent of votes,” Talakvadze stressed.
Members of the Constitutional Commission Archil Talakvadze, Irakli Kobakhidze, Irma Inashvili and Mariam Jashi are participating in the public discussions on constitutional amendments.
Tina Bokuchava, a member of the United National Movement, and Sergi Kapanadze, a representative of European Georgia, refused to participate in the discussion.