Bill on 2020 proportional parliamentary elections scrapped in Georgia

Bill on 2020 proportional parliamentary elections scrapped in Georgia

Georgia's ruling Georgian Dream party proposed bill on holding of 2020 parliamentary elections with a fully proportional voting system and a zero threshold has been scrapped as 101 MPs instead of mandatory 113 voted for it.

141 of total 150 MPs have been registered for the vote earlier today. However, 37 abstained from voting and three voted against.

The Georgian Dream ruling party meeting preceded the voting as about 30 of its MPs were against the bill which was drafted by 93 MPs of the party, Agenda.ge reported.

The opposition voted for the bill as they feared that the ruling party “planned to scrap the bill, as the fully proportional election system is not in the interests of any ruling party.”

The opposition vowed the “largest ever street rallies” yesterday if the bill would be scrapped.

The ruling party accepted the conduct of 2020 parliamentary elections on a fully proportional system amid the June public protests, also offering a zero election threshold.

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