Registering Mayoral candidates and determining their serial numbers
1. A citizen of Georgia from the age of 25 with the right to vote who has resided in Georgia for at least 5 years may be elected as a Mayor.
2. (Invalidated – Judgment of the Constitutional Court of Georgia of 14 April 2016 No 3/2/588 – website, 4.5.2016)
21. The nomination of a Mayoral candidate shall be the right of a party/electoral block registered in accordance with Article 142 of this Law, as well as an initiative group of voters registered in accordance with Article 141 of this Law, not later than on the 30th day before the polling day.
3. The incompatibility of the Mayoral candidate’s status with his/her office shall be determined under Article 136 of this Law. Article 117(5)(e) of this Law shall not apply to the incompatibility of the Mayoral candidate’s status with his/her office.
4. A party/an electoral bloc/an initiative group of voters shall submit the documents for the registration of a Mayoral candidate to the respective DEC. The documents of the candidate for Mayor of Tbilisi shall be an exception and shall be submitted to the CEC. The chairperson of the respective election commission shall examine the documents submitted for the registration of Mayoral candidates and within two days from the submission of documents but not later than the 28th day prior to the Election Day:
a) register a candidate for Mayoral elections if the candidate’s registration documents meet the requirements defined by this Law;
b) notify the representative of the nominating party/electoral bloc/an initiative group of voters in writing of a non-conformity (if any) of the data in the registration documents of the candidate Mayoral elections with the requirements determined by this Law (specifying the details of the non-conformity); the representative of the party/electoral bloc/initiative group of voters shall be given two days to bring those documents in compliance with the requirements.
5. The corrected data referred to in paragraph (4)(b) of this article shall be checked and the decision whether to register the candidate shall be made within two days after the data are submitted.
6. If the corrected data conform to the requirements contained in this Law, the chairperson of the election commission concerned shall register the candidate for Mayoral elections. In the case of nonconformity, the chairperson of the election commission shall issue an ordinance denying registration for the election (the ordinance shall specify the reasons for denial of registration, as well as the requirements of those legal provisions which form the basis for the refusal). The ordinance shall be immediately communicated to the nominating electoral subject and delivered to it upon request.
7. Within three days after registration of a Mayoral candidate, the chairperson of the appropriate electoral commission shall hand him/her a candidate’s certificate.
8. A Mayoral candidate shall be registered if the following documents are submitted:
a) the candidate’s registration card;
b) the application for nominating the candidate, confirmed by signatures of leaders;
b1) an application on the nomination of the candidate, confirmed by signatures of a party/electoral bloc leader(s), and of members of an initiative group of voters;
c) two photos;
d) a photocopy of the identity card of a citizen of Georgia or the passport of a citizen of Georgia of the candidate.
9. Decision of an electoral subject nominating a candidate on the nomination of a candidate for Mayor shall be attached with a registration card indicating the candidate’s:
a) first name, last name;
b) date of birth (day, month, year);
d) address (according to the identity card of a citizen of Georgia or the Agency database);
e) personal number of a citizen of Georgia;
f) place of work (name of the institution, organisation, enterprise, etc.);
g) position; indicate ‘unemployed’ if unemployed;
h) party affiliation; indicate ‘nonpartisan’ if not a member of any party;
i) fact of residence in Georgia for 5 years;
j) consent to run in the elections of Mayor;
k) signature and date of signature.
10. A Mayoral candidate shall not be registered based on the requirements of paragraphs 4-6 of this article, and the registration of an already registered candidate shall be cancelled by an ordinance of the chairperson of the respective DEC, or for the elections of the Mayor of Tbilisi, by an ordinance of the CEC chairperson (in the cases specified in subparagraphs a-c of this paragraph), or by a court decision (in the case specified in subparagraph d of this paragraph), if the applications and documents submitted to the election commission fail to meet all the requirements of this Law or if any other conditions referred to by this Law are not met, in particular:
a) if data in the applications and documents are incomplete or inaccurate;
b) if there is or was a Mayoral candidate’s consent to run simultaneously for Mayor in another municipality and/or for another Sakrebulo;
c) if the requirements under the third paragraph of this article are not met;
d) if the requirements under Article 47(1) and/or Article 48 of this Law are not met.
11. (Deleted – 21.7.2018, No 3272).
Organic Law of Georgia No 2093 of 7 March 2014 – website, 14.3.2014
Judgment of the Constitutional Court of Georgia of 14 April 2016 No 3/2/588 – website, 4.5.2016
Organic Law of Georgia No 5438 of 22 June 2016 – website, 12.7.2016
Judgment of the Constitutional Court of Georgia of 17 May 2017 No 3/3/600 – website, 29.5.2017
Organic Law of Georgia No 1232 of 26 July 2017 – website, 29.7.2017
Organic Law of Georgia No 1274 of 26 July 2017 – website, 29.7.2017
Organic Law of Georgia No 3269 of 21 July 2018 – website, 27.7.2018
Organic Law of Georgia No 3272 of 21 July 2018 – website, 30.7.2018
Organic Law of Georgia No 3266 of 21 July 2018 – website, 13.8.2018