Members of the Georgian National Communications Commission improved their understanding of how to conduct media monitoring during election campaigns, ensuring that the laws governing media coverage of elections are followed, during a two-day training for trainers held in the country’s capital Tbilisi between 14 and 15 May. The event was organised in the framework of the joint EU/Council of Europe Programmatic Cooperation Framework’s (EU/CoE PCF) project aimed at promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media.
During this capacity building activity the Council of Europe expert shared European standards and best practice related to the role and duties of the media authority and media companies during the pre-election campaign. The expert also reviewed the legal provisions concerning the publication of programme airtime, the rules for the allocation of paid and free political advertising, the disclosure of funding, the legal and ethical standards of media coverage of elections as well as what relates to holding political debates and publishing the results of election polls and surveys.
The joint EU/CoE PCF aims to provide extensive and substantial expertise on strengthening the capacity of institutions in the six Eastern Partnership countries to implement domestic reforms and bring them closer to the Council of Europe and European Union standards in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The EU’s contribution to the PCF is EUR 30 million.
No information the additional consultations will be held between the President and Government of Georgia on the election issue. The administrations claim that the Prime Minister and the President have not yet discussed this issue.
As it is known, the political parties and non-government organizations ask for additional consultations before the elections. Giorgi Kvirikashvili asked to Giorgi Margvelashvili the new decree to be issued in July.
One of the leaders of Georgian Dream, Gia Volski thinks that the decision made by Republican Party about leaving the coalition is the normal political situation. According to him, this is the part of the political process.
“We united for the 2012 elections and had some certain principles. 4 years had been gone and this is the period when we can make some changes. The Republicans will implement more partial projects and programs. We have repeatedly stressed that the pre-election bloc can no longer look like the current coalition. So I think that this is very normal political process,”-Gia Volski said.
The Republican Party will take part in the parliamentary elections independently. The Chairman of the party, Khatuna Samnidze told to the journalists today. This decision was made by National Committee.
According to a decision, the Republican Party will be the member of the coalition Georgian Dream until the elections.
National Committee of Republican Party discussed the port of participation in 2016 parliamentary elections at March 26-27.