Registration of party lists and candidates for members of a Sakrebulo nominated in a local majoritarian electoral district
1. During the Sakrebulo elections, the appropriate DEC chairperson shall examine the documents of the party list submitted by a party/electoral bloc and the documents submitted for the registration of a Sakrebulo nominee in the local majoritarian electoral district. The respective DEC chairperson shall, within two days of receiving the documents, but not later than 28th day before Election Day:
a) register for the elections a party list, Sakrebulo candidates nominated by the electoral subject, provided the submitted party list and the accompanying documents, as well as the registration documents of a Sakrebulo majoritarian candidate meet the requirements referred to by this Law;
b) notify the representative of an electoral subject in writing of the non-conformity (if any) of the data in the party list and in its accompanying documents , as well as the non-conformity of the data in the registration documents of a Sakrebulo majoritarian candidate with the requirements referred to by this Law (specifying the details of non-conformity); a representative of the party/electoral bloc/initiative group of voters shall be given two days to bring the above list and documents in compliance with the requirements.
2. The corrected details referred to in paragraph (1)(b) of this article shall be verified and the question of registration for elections shall be decided within three days after such details are submitted.
3. If the corrected details meet the requirements referred to by this Law, the respective DEC chairperson shall register for elections a Sakrebulo majoritarian candidate if a party list or that part of the party list that meets the requirements referred to by this Law (if the number of candidates in that part of the list is not less than the statutory minimum) and issue, within the same time frame, an ordinance on refusing electoral registration to the rest of the candidates (the ordinance shall specify the reasons for refusal of registration and those legal provisions upon which the noncompliance is based).
The ordinance shall be immediately communicated to a representative of a party/electoral bloc/initiative group of voters and delivered to him/her upon request.
4. The respective DEC chairperson shall issue certificates to candidates for members of a Sakrebulo within three days after registration of candidates.
5. A candidate nominated in an electoral district shall be registered if the following documents are submitted:
a) a candidate’s registration card specifying that the candidate has permanently resided in Georgia for five years, including the last two years
b) an application for nomination of the candidate endorsed by signatures of the leaders of the respective parties/electoral blocs
c) two photos of the candidate
d) the candidate’s consent to run in the polling.
6. A party list or a Sakrebulo candidate nominated by an electoral subject shall not be registered taking into account the requirement of the first, second and third paragraphs of this article, or their electoral registration shall be cancelled by an ordinance of the respective election commission chairperson or by court decision (in the case provided for in subparagraph (g) of this paragraph):
a) if the registration card does not indicate:
a.a) the candidate’s first name, last name
a.b) the candidate’s personal number of a citizen of Georgia
a.c) the candidate’s date of birth (day, month, year)
a.d) the candidate’s address (according to a Georgian citizen’s identity card or the Agency database)
a.e) the candidate’s party affiliation (in the case of party membership), and if the candidate has no party affiliation, the word ‘non-partisan’ shall be indicated
a.f) the candidate’s position and work place; if unemployed, ‘unemployed’ shall be indicated
a.g) the fact of a candidate’s permanent residence in Georgia for five years, including the last two years
a.h) the candidate’s consent to run for the Sakrebulo
a.i) the name and number of the local majoritarian electoral district, in which the candidate is nominated as a majoritarian candidate;
a.j) the date of the completion of the registration card;
b) if the candidate entered on the party list is a member of any other party participating in the elections;
c) if the candidate is entered on more than one party list and there is or was his/her consent to be simultaneously included in more than one party list;
d) if the candidate entered on a party list gives a written consent to be nominated as a candidate by any other party/electoral group/initiative group of voters;
e) if there is or was a consent of a Sakrebulo candidate to be simultaneously nominated as a candidate for another Sakrebulo or Mayor/Gamgebeli;
f) if, not later than on the second day before Election Day, the number of candidates on a registered party list is lower than the minimum number established by this Law;
g) if the requirements of Article 47 of this Law have been violated.
7. The DEC chairperson shall not register a candidate if the requirements listed in the fifth and sixth paragraphs of this article are not met.
8. A party/electoral bloc shall have the right to request to run in elections under the sequence number assigned to it during the last parliamentary elections. The party/electoral bloc shall submit an application to this effect to the CEC not later than on the 40th day before Election Day. Unless an electoral bloc that ran in the previous parliamentary elections runs in municipal representative body Sakrebulo elections, the first party on the list of the bloc members shall have the right to use the sequence number assigned to the electoral bloc. If the first party on the list waives the right, the following party on the list shall have the right to use the number, etc. If the parties that ran in the previous parliamentary elections create a bloc for municipal representative body Sakrebulo elections, they shall specify in the bloc statute which party’s sequence number they intend to use. If any party/electoral bloc fails to exercise the right to use the sequence number, its sequence number shall be determined by casting lots, as per paragraph 9 of this article.
9. The sequence numbers of electoral subjects (except the electoral subjects that have chosen sequence numbers in accordance with paragraph 8 of this article) shall be determined by casting lots. In order to cast lots, the commission chairperson shall write on sheets of paper of the same type, size, and shape with the same pen numbers corresponding to the number of parties and electoral blocs independently participating in the elections. Natural numbers (1, 2, 3, etc.) shall be used for sequence numbers. If the sequence number of an electoral subject that is authorised to choose a sequence number is higher than the number of the electoral subjects, and if the electoral subject concerned has maintained the number, the number of this electoral subject shall be written instead of the highest sequence number. Each sheet of paper shall be certified by the commission seal. After having been certified, the numbers chosen according to the procedure set in paragraph 8 of this article shall be set aside. All remaining sheets of paper shall be folded so as to make it impossible to read the numbers written thereon. The CEC Chairperson shall put the sheets of paper in a transparent box, and one representative of each party and electoral bloc shall take one sheet of paper out of the box. The number identified by casting lots shall be assigned to an electoral subject. The sequence numbers of a candidate nominated by an initiative group shall be determined by casting lots not later than the 30th day before Election Day.
10. For elections held under the majoritarian electoral system, candidates nominated by electoral subjects shall be assigned the serial numbers of their nominating electoral subjects. The sequence numbers of a candidate nominated by an initiative group shall be determined in accordance with the procedure determined by Article 119 (8) of this law.
11. If the registration of an electoral subject is cancelled after it has been assigned a serial number, the remaining electoral subjects shall maintain their previously assigned serial numbers.
12. Information regarding the sequential order of electoral subjects shall be published on the official CEC website not later than three days after the registration deadline expires. A list of the subjects that have been denied registration shall also be published within the same time frame.