The Bureau registered the bill on Proportional Election System envisaging proportional elections in 2020.
As the Speaker, Archil Talakvadze noted, the decision of the Georgian Dream on proportional system and the zero threshold is the democratic step ordered by the society. He underlined importance of engagement of the opposition: “We hail engagement of the opposition parties in this process and not only hail but tell the society that we will need the support of the opposition parties for the bill to be adopted by the Parliament as the votes of the opposition within ¾ will be necessary for introduction of this change to the Constitution”.
Proportional election system in 2020 was the request of the opposition, though the decision was made by the ruling party. “Our Governmental team has made the decision on the proportional system while being in authority. Today, we change only the terms and as life makes its corrections, we understand the demand of our society and believe that it is a democratic decision”.
The bill was assigned to the Procedural Issues and Rules Committee to verify authenticity of the signatures. The bill is initiated by 93 MPs. The authors are: Chair of the Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia, Bidzina Ivanishvili and the Executive Secretary, Irakli Kobakhidze.
The Bureau discussed and registered the draft resolution by the Factions “European Georgia”, “European Georgia-Movement for Freedom”, “European Georgia-Regions” on Political Responsibility of Giorgi Gakharia, Legal Responsibility of the Police for using excessive force and Release of the citizens illegally detained during the anti-occupation protest on June 20-21.
The Vice Speaker Sergi Kapanadze asked when the Legal Committee starts consideration of the draft.
The Chair of the Committee, Anri Okhanashvili responded that the Committee has a busy agenda but is committed to hold the consultations on consideration date.
The Speaker noted that: “We will hold the extraordinary session in July and the draft you submitted may become the subject of the political consultations to discuss possibility of inclusion thereof into the agenda”.
He underlined that first of all, it is the Government interested in investigation and assessment of the facts. “Let me touch upon the initiative of the opposition and state that we do not intend to block the initiatives of the Parliamentary opposition as they have the authorities under the legislation and Rules of Procedure. We follow the Rules of Procedure and consider the draft”.
The Interior Minister and the Ministry made a response to the part of the peaceful protesters trying to use force and invade the Parliament. “In this event, the Ministry and the Minister shall act in any democratic state. These events have two components – the political responsibility and legal responsibility. We have assumed the political responsibility and do not intend to recharge anyone. Georgian Dream has made the political decisions; and as to legal response and responsibility, we witnessed the response by the state. It is all crowned with the fact that the Interior Minister expressed his democratic positions when publicly stating about responsibility, investigation and assessment within his competence”.
The date and agenda of the extraordinary session will be communicated within consultations.
The Bureau discussed the organizational issues, and took note of membership of Vladimer Kakhidze to the Health Care and Social Issues Committee.