New Deadlines Set for CEC Chair Election Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 January 2010 17:16

Parliament, which was summoned for an extraordinary session on January 12, passed an amendment to the election code, setting new deadlines for electing new chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC).

The amendment became required as the previous deadlines, set as a result of amendments to the election code passed by the Parliament in later December, were violated.

The President was originally scheduled to name three candidates for CEC chairmanship by January 8. He, however, said on January 11, that more time was needed and no hasty decisions should be made on the matter.

With the new provision in the election code, President Saakashvili has to nominate the three candidates on January 12 and the opposition members of CEC would be given time to elect one from three nominees no later than January 14.

If six opposition CEC members fail to elect the new chairperson, the process will then move to the Parliament and the lawmakers will have to elect one from three nominees within seven days. They were also asking what the reason of a failure to meet the initial deadline was.


Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 12 Jan.'10 / 17:16