Georgian president calls on CEC to not hinder registration of former FM to run for election
Georgia, Tbilisi, August 28 /Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili asked the Central Election Commission (CEC) not to hinder the registration of former Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili as a candidate for participation in the country's presidential election.
Saakashvili made this statement after it became clear that Zurabishvili will arrive in Tbilisi by the end of this week to submit an application for participation in presidential elections.
The former foreign minister possibly may not be registered in Georgian CEC, as he has dual citizenship.
"We made every effort in the last election to give an opportunity to Bidzina Ivanishvili who only has French citizenship to take part in the presidential elections as it was prohibited by the law and we gave EU citizens the right to run. We changed the law and the Constitution for this. We shouldn't do it in this case. It is necessary that the nation decides whom they want," Georgian president noted.
To date around 36 applications for participation in the presidential election were submitted to Georgian CEC. Officially two candidates were registered to date.
Registration is due to be finalised by September 17. All applicants should submit 27,350 signatures from their supporters.
The presidential election in Georgia will be held on October 27.