Nomination of candidates in majoritarian electoral districts
1. The following entities shall have the right to nominate a candidate for MP of Georgia in a majoritarian electoral district:
a) a party running in elections independently;
b) an electoral bloc;
c) an initiative group of 5 voters.
2. Any party running in elections independently/electoral bloc may nominate one candidate to be elected through the majoritarian system in every electoral district. An initiative group of voters may nominate one candidate in the respective majoritarian electoral district.
3. In order to nominate a candidate for MP of Georgia, an initiative group of voters shall file an application to the respective DEC not later than the 57thday before polling, after which day the initiative group of voters may start collecting signatures of supporting voters.
4. The application shall specify the following information about a candidate for MP of Georgia:
a) first and last name;
b) date of birth (day/month/year);
d) position (activity);
e) place of work;
f) place of registration;
g) party membership;
h) duration of residence in Georgia;
i) first and last name, number of identity card of a citizen of Georgia (passport number of a citizen of Georgia), place of registration, contact telephone number, and other information (if any) of members of the nominating initiative group of voters, and their representative.
5. The application signed by all members of the initiative group of voters shall be accompanied by written consent of any nominated candidate for MP of Georgia to run in elections, a photocopy of the identity card of a citizen of Georgia or of the passport of a citizen of Georgia, and the candidate’s and two photos.
6. The DEC chairperson shall, not later than the day after filing an application, register an initiative group of voters. Unless the requirements determined by paragraphs 1-5 of this article are met, the DEC chairperson shall immediately notify the applicant about any error. Corrected documents shall be re-submitted to the DEC chairperson for registration not later than the following day.
7. In order to register a candidate for MP of Georgia, a representative of the initiative group of voters shall, not later than the 50th day before polling, submit a list of supporters of the candidate to the relevant DEC.
8. A party running independently in the election /electoral bloc/initiative group of voters shall nominate their majoritarian candidates to the electoral district as defined in Article 115(7-11) of this Law.
9. Nomination of a candidate by an initiative group of voters shall be endorsed by signatures of not less than one percent of supporting voters registered in the territory of the respective electoral district, except when the nominated candidate was elected as an MP of Georgia during the previous parliamentary elections.
10. The respective DEC chairperson shall, by ordinance, not later than the 30th day before Election Day, register a candidate for MP of Georgia.
11. The DEC chairperson shall, within three days after the registration, issue a respective certificate to the candidate for MP of Georgia.
12. The DEC chairperson shall not register a candidate for MP of Georgia if:
a) the data referred to in the eighth paragraph of this article is not complete or accurate;
b) the number signatures in the list of supporting voters is less than required;
c) the requirements and the time frames defined in the seventh paragraph of this article are not met.
Judgment No 1/1/539 of the Constitutional Court of Georgia of 11 April 2013 – website, 19.4.2013
Organic Law of Georgia No 864 of 25 July 2013 – website, 19.8.2013
Organic Law of Georgia No 5438 of 22 June 2016 – website, 12.7.2016