The Parliament has approved the draft constitutional amendments in the second reading. 119 deputies registered for the sitting, 115 of which supported the draft constitutional law on the amendments to the electoral system. 3 MPs voted against.
The Parliament approved the constitutional amendments in the first reading on June 21, during which, 136 lawmakers supported the bill, including the Parliamentary Majority, European Georgia, Independent Lawmakers, Alliance of Patriots and a few independent lawmakers. Five MPs voted against the constitutional amendments. They were: Alexandre Erkhvania, Kakha Okriashvili, Davit Chichinadze, Bidzina Gegidze and Emzar Kvitsiani. MP Nato Chkheidze did not take part in the vote.
According to the draft amendments, the 2020 parliamentary elections will be held under a mixed electoral system (120 proportional, 30 majoritarian) and with 1% threshold. The draft amendments provide for the so-called 40% locking mechanism as well. In particular, the party, which will receive less than 40.54% support under the proportional system, will not be able to form an independent government.
The National Movement faction refused to take part in the vote, while members of European Georgia will changed their decision not to participate yesterday.