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The State Constitutional Commission supported the Draft of Revision of the Constitution

Today, we the State Constitutional Commission supported the document fundamentally changing the regulations related to the administrative system in the Constitution of Georgia”, - the Speaker, Irakli Kobakhidze stated after the sitting. 

The SCC supported the draft of Revision of the Constitution with 43 votes against 8.

The Speaker noted that it is the first time in the history of independent Georgia when the Government restricts own subjective guarantees. “It is the first time when the changes contradict with the interest of the ruling party. It is the aspiration the document is formulated with. The Parliament had two goals outlined. First of all, it was provision of full compliance of the Constitution with the principles of the Constitutional Law and this goal is thoroughly achieved. As to the second goal, it envisaged creation of the resolute Constitutional fundament for formation of stable, pluralistic and democratic Parliamentary administration system. The second mission is as well accomplished. It is the greatest achievement and we hope that the Parliament will support the document”.

Approximately 70-80% of the changes were initiated by the experts, NGOs and other Constitutional agencies. “I cannot recall such scale of involvement and inclusiveness in the activity of the State Constitutional Commission during our brief history. On the basis of the wide involvement we have developed an improved document in full compliance with the principles of the Constitutional Law and forming the improved model of Parliamentary administration based on the best practice of European countries”.

Speaking about the changes in the electoral system, the Speaker stated that the Governments have always been changing the electoral system according to their subjective interests and the electoral system is the main fundamental achievement of the changes. “It is unprecedented. We, for the first time, mad the step to the proportional system to ensure prevention of formation of any type of autocracy in long-term perspective in Georgia. The Parliamentary electoral system we offer excludes excessive Majority, especially the Constitutional Majority. The electoral system is the main fundamental achievement of the changes we offered”.

The document shall be submitted to the Parliament next week no later than Thursday. Afterwards, MPs shall set up the Public Consideration Steering Commission to hold the meetings in the regions. “We will provide the society with the comprehensive information about the Constitution. Unfortunately, the society was misled, provided with the distorted information about the changes introduced to the Constitution. Our task is to provide the society with the correct information about the changes and we will ensure it within various public considerations”.

After consideration is over in the end of May, the Parliament will start considerations and in June will vote and adopt the draft with two readings. He noted that the document shall as well be submitted to the Venice Commission upon initiation during the next week and prior to the I and II reading, the Parliament will have the final opinion of the Venice Commission.

“The Venice Commission will have one month for development of the opinion till Parliamentary considerations in June. We will receive the preliminary and as of June 15 the Venice Commission will endorse the final opinion. It means that we will have the final opinion prior to adoption of the Constitution with the I and II reading. We have reiterated that all the remarks expressed by the Venice Commission and all lawful remarks will be shared and reflected in the draft. It is the obligation we assumed and we will not deviate. It is our position. Hence, we will wait for the opinion of the Venice Commission serving the basis for decision-making of the Parliament on revision of the Constitution”.