Similarly to the Electoral Code of neighbouring Armenia (1999), the new electoral law of Georgia integrates the previous legal acts on presidential elections, parliamentary elections and elections for the organs of local self-government into one document. This new form – defining at first general conditions for all elections and then adding specific provisions for all relevant types of elections – has a great advantage: it basically enhances the transparency of the legal framework and, to a certain degree, enhances “democratic efficiency”, since it provides equal organisational standards for all election types. It results in a stronger emphasis on democratic equality and transparency, and one of the advantages gained is that the organisation of the system of election commissions can be provided for in a comprehensive and effective manner. The mere size of the Code, however, can make it difficult to find all details relevant for each type of election.
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