Georgia, Tbilisi, September 23/Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
The Georgian Central Election Commission completed early the inspection of all applications of presidential candidates and finally registered 23 candidates.
According to the electoral law, the deadline for candidate registration is September 27, but the Central Election Commission fully checked the lists of supporters who wish to become candidates for the presidency and has completed the process of their registration by Monday, September 23.
In total, the CEC registered candidates -members of the political parties: Shalva Natelashvili (Labour Party of Georgia), Sergo Dzhavahidze (For a Fair Georgia), Giorgi Margvelashvili (Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia), Nino Burjanadze (Democratic Movement - United Georgia), David Bakradze (United National Movement),Georgi Targamadze (Christian-Democratic Movement), Koba Davitashvili (Party of the People), Zurab Kharatishvili (European Democrats of Georgia), Teimuraz Zhvania (Christian-Democratic People's Party) and Akaki Asatiani (Union of Georgian Traditionalists).
The candidates nominated by initiative groups were also registered. They are Mikheil Saluashvili, Nestan Kirtadze, George Liluashvili, Levan Chachua, Avtandil Margiani, Nugzar Avaliani, George Chikhladze Teimuraz Bobokhidze, Nino Chanishvili, Kartlos Garibashvili, Tamaz Bibiluri and Mamuka Chokhonelidze, Mamuka Melikishvili.
In total, 54 applications from those interested in running for president were received by the CEC. Political parties nominated 12 candidates and others were nominated by initiative groups.
Of 23 registered candidates, 10 were nominated by political parties (seven of them are qualified entities), and 13 by initiative groups. Due to various legal deficiencies in the registration as presidential candidate, the CEC refused to register 31 applicants.
The presidential candidate has the right to withdraw his candidacy from the election no later than 10 days before the election (October 17); afterwards, the names of all the remaining candidates will get on the ballot, the Central Election Commission said.
Regarding the registration of observation organizations, on October 23 the commission registered 37 local, 23 international and 18 media organizations. The deadline for registration for the local observer organizations will expire on October 17, for international organizations - on October 20. Media organizations can be accredited until October 24, inclusive.
The Georgian presidential election will be held on October 27.
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