Georgian Parliamentary Elections 2020:
A Measure of Democratization?
In the shadow of the war over Nagorno-Karabakh, the Georgian parliamentary elections will take place on October 31. A few weeks before the elections, it appears to be one of the least contested votes in recent Georgian history. It takes place within the framework of an amendment to the electoral law that allows smaller parties to enter parliament and makes a coalition government likely. But beneath the surface of the election campaign, which has been decelerated by the pandemic, there is also a debate about the future of democracy in Georgia. A number of indicators show regress in the implementation of reforms and democratization. The absence of the rule of law, the influence of security structures and the growing importance of informal structures are endangering Georgia's success in democracy. Against this background, we would like to discuss the following questions:
What does this election say about the current state of democracy in GEO? How important are the use of administrative resources and the instrumentalization of state institutions for the democratic development of GEO? What does the election result mean for foreign policy, especially relations with the EU? How can the foreign policy of the ruling Georgian Dream party be evaluated, especially with regard to Russia?
- Elene Nizharadze, Executive Director International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy ISFED, Tbilisi
- Prof. Kornely Kakachia, Director Georgian Institute of Politics GIP, Tbilisi
- Prof. Giorgi Maisuradze, Philosopher, Ilia State University, Tbilisi
- Visual commentary: Anna Dziapshipa Visual artist and filmmaker SAKDOK
Moderation: Dr. Stefan Meister, Head of Office South Caucasus, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Tbilisi
The event will be held in English with simultaneous translation into German. We kindly ask for registration.
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