“Georgian Dream” most
likely will not support the demands of deputies who oppose the rejection of the
majority election system and the transition to proportional system in 2020. It
is not yet clear what processes are underway inside the ruling team. Anyway, all this turned out to
be a problem for the country that’s why all the processes in the ruling team should be open and transparent,” the independent MP
Levan Koberidze says.
As reported, the ruling
party pledged to adopt constitutional
transformation onto a proportional system of elections and not a mixed, proportional
majoritarian system. The issue was raised due to opposition rallies at which such demands were put forward.n
“Georgian Dream” has
developed a bill introducing a proportional system with a zero passing barrier banning
the creation of inter-party blocs.
The opposition initially
opposed it saying the ruling party had left a loophole to bribe deputies from small parties who could
get into parliament without any barrier.
However, the opposition said it would
not give the ruling party a cause to disrupt the adoption of the amendment to
the constitution, and would vote for the transition to a proportional system.
Parliament had to pass
the law in first reading on November 12, but due to a protest by a group of
majority MPs, its consideration was postponed.
The opposition representatives
believe that this is all a play, and the Chairman of the Georgian Dream Bidzina Ivanishvili uses
the majority MPs to disrupt the adoption of the new law formally remaining
uninvolved. According to the opposition, the sociological polls conducted by
the ruling party show that if the proportional system is adopted, it has no chance to win, that’s why the head of the party is trying to avoid
fulfilling his own obligation.
In the words of Levan
Koberidze, “Georgian Dream” provokes the opposition because of the confusion when
establishing the party’s electoral list.
“Today the entire
opposition spectrum unequivocally and fully supports the introduction of a
proportional electoral system in the country. Given all this, the ruling party
most likely will not be able to refuse to fulfill its own obligations. The
people will not allow them to do this, and I really hope that the “Georgian
Dream” will not dare to take such a step,” he points out.
Levan Koberidze speaks about the
struggle for places in the party lists and all the deputies are trying to
please the party leader demonstrating loyalty to Bidzine Ivanishvili.