Georgian Parliament approves amendments to law "On Political Parties"
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 30 / Trend N. Kirtzkhalia /
Georgian parliament on Monday gave final approval to changes to the law on party financing.
One of the main innovations was the position, according to which entities the right to return to the party funding in the amount of not more than 120 thousand lari. Business companies from December 2011 it was forbidden to fund parties and such right is granted only individuals who can donate the party a maximum of 60 000 lari per year.
At the same time, according to the changes, threshold for budget financing was reduced. Currently, state funding is obtained the so-called qualified entities- those parties who alone or together in block overcome the 4% threshold in the last parliamentary elections, or 3% threshold in the last local elections. The changes set for the parliamentary elections as a barrier to fall to 3 per cent.
Currently, government funding was given to 14 qualified entities. Initially, the issue of increasing public funding of parties was also to be a part of the bill, which was passed by Parliament in the third reading on Monday.
However, the ruling coalition said that cause of the lack of consensus between the parties, it was decided to postpone the discussion of this issue at the period after the presidential election. This decision took a sharp protest by the non-parliamentary opposition.
Parliament on Monday in the third reading vote for changes to the Electoral Code, which allow the voters removed from the register for various reasons, to participate in the presidential elections in October 27, 2013, when they have registration on place of residence till October 10.
As of today, these voters do not have the right to participate in elections, and their total number, according to the CEC, is 97 thousand people.