Verification and electoral registration of party lists and documents of candidates for MPs nominated in majoritarian electoral districts
1. The CEC Chairperson shall by ordinance register a party list, while the respective DEC chairperson shall by ordinance register a majoritarian candidate nominated in an electoral district, provided that all documents under this Law comply with the requirements defined herein. Respective commissions may not consider the issue of electoral registration where the time frames for the submission of documents referred to in this Law are not met.
2. A designated office of the CEC shall verify the party list presented by a party/electoral bloc and shall submit its report to the CEC Chairperson within 10 days after submission of the list, but not later than the 26th day before Election Day. The CEC Chairperson shall, within three days, but not later than the 25th day before Election Day:
a) register the party list and the candidates nominated by a party/electoral bloc only if the submitted party list and the documents attached thereto comply with the requirements defined by this Law;
b) give written notice to the representative of the party/electoral bloc of any discrepancy between the requirements defined by this Law and the data in the party list and documents attached thereto (specifying the details of the discrepancy), and the representative shall have three days to correct the discrepancy in the party list or other documents;
3. The corrected data referred to in paragraph 2(b) of this article shall be verified and the issue of electoral registration shall be resolved within five days after submission of corrected data, but not later than the 20th day before Election Day. If the corrected data complies with the requirements of this Law, the CEC Chairperson shall register the party list or the part of the list that complies with the requirements defined by this Law (if the number of candidates in that part is not less than the required minimum). The CEC Chairperson shall, within the same time frame, issue an ordinance regarding the refusal of electoral registration for other candidates (the ordinance shall specify the reasons for the refusal to provide electoral registration and the applicable provisions of this Law that are the basis for refusal). If the number of other candidates in the party list that comply with the requirements of this Law remains less than the required minimum, neither the party list nor the candidates nominated by the party/electoral bloc shall be registered and the CEC Chairperson shall, within the time frame referred to above, issue an ordinance regarding the refusal of registration (the ordinance shall specify the reasons for the refusal to provide electoral registration and the applicable provisions of this Law that are the basis for refusal). A representative of the party shall immediately be notified about the ordinance and shall be provided with a copy upon request.
4. The respective DEC chairperson shall register/refuse to register a majoritarian candidate nominated by a party/electoral bloc in an electoral district under the procedure and within the time frame referred to in the second and third paragraphs of this article. A party/electoral bloc shall be obliged to submit registration documents of a majoritarian candidate to the CEC within the time frame defined in this Law.
5. The electoral registration shall be denied to a candidate for MP of Georgia, and either an ordinance of the respective election commission chairperson (in the cases referred to in subparagraphs (a-e) and (g) of this paragraph) or a court decision (in the case referred to in subparagraph (f) of this paragraph) shall cancel the electoral registration of any registered candidate, provided that the applications and documents submitted to the election commission fail to comply with all the requirements defined by this Law or other provisions defined in the same Law are not met, namely, if:
a) the data referred to in applications and documents is incomplete or inaccurate;
b) the candidate entered in the party list is a member of another party running in the elections;
c) the candidate is entered in more than one party list and he/she gives or gave his/her consent to be entered simultaneously into more than one party list;
d) the candidate entered in the party list gives his/her consent to be nominated for a majoritarian electoral district by another party/electoral bloc;
e) the other election is held during the parliamentary election of Georgia and the candidate for MP of Georgia gives or gave his/her consent to run in that election with the status of a candidate;
f) the requirements defined in Article 47(1) and/or Article 48 are not met.
g) the majoritarian candidate failed to take a drug test or the drug test proves that the candidate is a drug user.6. A ordinance issued by the CEC/DEC chairperson regarding the refusal of electoral registration of a party list and candidates for MP of Georgia nominated by a political party/electoral bloc/initiative group of voters may be appealed under the procedure defined in Articles 77 and 78 of this Law.