Central Election Commission of Georgia works in the special regime after the president announced the date of parliamentary elections, which will be held on October 1,2012. The CEC has been already handed over the list of the voters, checked up by the State Commission for Ensuring Voter List Accuracy (CEVLA). From today on, the CEC begins to register qualified political entities. Currently, 32 political parties have already submitted required documents for registration at the CEC, but only five of them have been registered. The deadline for registration of the qualified political organizations expires at 18:00 on August 5.Election blocs should be formed during the next 17 days for further registration. As for the single-mandate MP candidates and the list of the parties for parliamentary elections should be submitted to CEC within the next 30 days.
The autumn session of the parliament of Georgia opens with a meeting of the bureau, this time in Tbilisi. The Tbilisi office of the parliament was reconstructed and the lawmakers have moved from Kutaisi to the capital, however, the parliament speaker says the major sessions will be held in Kutaisi office sometimes.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has slammed the NATO Secretary General for his statements made on Ukraine`s crisis. Lavrov says that the statements made by Rasmussen on Ukraine`s crisis mostly exceed his competence.
Russia plans to alter its military strategy - deputy secretary of Russia Security Council Mikheil Popov has said. Popov defined that the developments in Ukraine and NATO`s presence in Eastern Europe, as well as its anti-missile defence plan makes Russia change the military doctrine and make it more precise.
Four convicts at the Kutaisi prison have gone on hunger strike. Reportedly, one of them has even sewed his mouth and eyes in protest. The protestors call for the prosecutor`s office to revise their cases, asserting they are not guilty in the crimes, for which they were convicted.
Three peaceful residents of the Shida Kartli Region, who were arrested last week by the Russian occupants for alleged crossing of the so-called border line of the occupied Tskhinvali Region, have been released today.