EU welcomes political agreement on new electoral system in Georgia

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

On 9 March, the Head of the EU Delegation to Georgia, Ambassador Carl Hartzell, congratulated Georgia’s main political parties on reaching an agreement on a new electoral system.

Mr Hartzell said the agreement represents a crucial step towards alleviating the tension in Georgia’s political environment in the run-up to the parliamentary elections later this year.

The 2020 election system is based on 120 proportional mandates and 30 majoritarian mandates. The new system will have a fair composition of election districts, a 1% threshold, and a cap that prevents single parties with less than 40% of the votes from getting a majority in parliament.

The agreement is the outcome of more than three months of intense negotiations, facilitated by representatives of the European Union, Germany, the Council of Europe and the United States.

“We congratulate all the signatories as they have put the interests of the Georgian citizens and the consolidation of Georgia's democracy first,” added the EU.

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