Georgia, Tbilisi /corr. Trend N.Kirskhalia / The Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) requires 18mln laries for holding extraordinary Presidential elections in the Country, but this amount may change if the Georgian Parliament alters the principles of integration of the polling stations, said the Chairman of Central Election Commission of Georgia, Levan Tarkhinishvili.
The President of Georgia highlighted initiative to hold extraordinary Presidential elections on 5 January 2008. The Parliament should approve it to make a final decision. "The opposition demand that the election administrations should be formed on the party principles and in this case, the number of the paid members of the Commission will increase," Tarkhinishvili reported to Trend on 9 November. In addition, he said that if the Parliament intends to change the principles of integration of the polling stations, it should be made one month before the elections.
He stressed that the 2008 budget for the CEC has been defined in amount of 22mln laries for holding parliamentary and presidential elections in autumn of 2008. "However, President's initiative to hold extraordinary Presidential elections provides minimal periods for preparations to the elections," Tarkhinishvili said.
"The currently existing list of electors in Georgia include 3,349,549 people and possibly changes will be made in the near one and a half months," CEC Head said.