Georgian presidential election, 2018

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Georgian presidential election, 2018

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Registered 3,558,437[1] (October 2018)

  Salome Zurabishvili cropped.jpg Grigol Vashadze (cropped).jpg David Bakradze cropped.jpg
Candidate Salome Zurabishvili Grigol Vashadze Davit Bakradze
Party Independent UNM European Georgia
Alliance Georgian Dream Strength is in Unity

  Zurab Japaridze.jpg ShalvaNatelashvili.jpg David Usupashvili.jpg
Candidate Zurab Japaridze Shalva Natelashvili David Usupashvili
Party Girchi Labour Development Movement

Incumbent President

Giorgi Margvelashvili
Independent



Presidential elections will be held in Georgia on 28 October 2018, the seventh presidential elections since the country's restoration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The last elections in October 2013 resulted in a victory for Giorgi Margvelashvili, a candidate of the Georgian Dream coalition.

Following amendments to the constitution in 2017, the 2018 elections will be the last direct presidential vote; after 2018 presidents will be elected by the 300-member College of Electors. In view of these changes, the President will be elected for a term of six years in 2018.[2]

Candidates[edit]

46 people applied to participate in the elections, 21 of which were rejected by the Election Administration of Georgia.[3] 25 presidential candidates were registered by the Election Administration of Georgia.[3][4] This is the largest number since Georgia's first presidential election in 1991.[5] All 25 candidates will be included on the ballot paper.[6]

Name Occupation Nominated by
1 Davit Bakradze Member of Parliament European Georgia
2 Zviad Baghdavadze Unemployed Civic Platform – New Georgia
3 Mikheil Saluashvili Politician Union of Justice Restoration of the Nation: The Lord Is Our Truth
4 Shalva Natelashvili Leader of Georgian Labour Party Georgian Labour Party
5 Irakli Gorgadze Unemployed Movement for a Free Georgia
6 Grigol Vashadze Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (2008-2012) United National Movement
7 Giorgi Liluashvili Vice President of Georgian National Academy Party Georgia
8 Salome Zurabishvili Member of Parliament Initiative Group of Voters
9 Zviad Mekhatishvili Politician Christian‐Conservative Party of Georgia
10 Vakhtang Gabunia Politician Christian‐Democratic Movement
11 David Usupashvili Leader of Development Movement, former chairman of the Parliament of Georgia Free Democrats
12 Besarion Tediashvili Founder of TF Construction Initiative Group of Voters
13 Levan Chkheidze Chkheidze and Partners Law Firm New Christian‐Democrats
14 Zviad Iashvili Unemployed National‐Democratic Party
15 Zurab Japaridze Leader of Girchi Girchi
16 Akaki Asatiani Politician Union of Georgian Traditionalists
17 Gela Khutsishvili Politician Political Movement of the Veterans and Patriots of Georgia
18 Kakha Kukava Politician Free Georgia
19 Tamar Tskhoragauli Entrepreneur Political Movement Freedom – Zviad Gamsakhurdia’s Way
20 Giorgi Andriadze Deputy Chairperson of the Commission for Learning Christian Theology and History of Religion at the Georgian Academy of Sciences Initiative Group of Voters
21 Vladimer Nonikashvili Director of Publishing House Paragraph Initiative Group of Voters
22 Kakhaber Chichinadze Entrepreneur Initiative Group of Voters
23 Mikheil Antadze Professor State for the People Movement
24 Otar Meunargia Industry Will Save Georgia
25 Teimuraz Shashiashvili Unemployed Initiative Group of Voters

Declined[edit]

Democratic Movement[edit]

Independent[edit]

Opinion polls[edit]

From 2018
Pollster Date TBD
GD
Bakradze
EG
Vashadze
UNM
Zurabishvili
Independent
Natelashvili
Labour
Usupashvili
DM
Japaridze
Girchi
Burjanadze
DMUG
TBD
APG
Margvelashvili
Independent
Elisashvili
Independent
Kukava
FG
Bregadze
GM
None of the Above
Edison Research 25.09.18-4.10.18 - 15% 31% 16% 7% 3% - - - - - - - 21%
BCG 15-22 September 2018 - 29% 28% 21% 10% 6% - - - - - - - 6%
Interpressnews/IPN 3 October 2018 - 6% 26% 29% - 13% 5% - - - - - - 21%
Gurianews 2 October 2018 - 2.5% 16.2% 20% 1% 47% 3% - - - - 1% - 10.83%
Edison Research 3-23 September 2018 - 18% 22% 15% 8% 3% 2% - - - - - - 32%
Intermedia September 2018 - 8% 35% 23% 12% 11% 5% - - - - 6% - -
Primary August-September 2018 - 18.9% 43.9% 8.8% 5.7% 2.1% - - - - 3.9% 8% - -
Forum.ge August 2018 - 5.4% 28.7% 11.6% - 10.7% 38.7% - - 4.8% - - - -
Newposts August 2018 - 15% 25% 12% 4% 2% - - - - - - - 33%
Cyc August 2018 - 10% 59% 17% 8% 7% - - - - - - - -
Allnews 2 August 2018 - 5% 18% 19% - - - 8% - 6% 10% - - 30%
Metronome August 2018 - 5% 37% 8% 2% 3% 27% 3% - 2% 2% - - 8%
NDI 23.06.18 —08.07.18 12% 6% 10% - 4% - - - - 6% - - - -
IRI 01.04.18 —22.04.18 17% 16% 8% - 1% - - - 3% 10% - - - -

Approval ratings[edit]

Date Pollster Sample size
Apr 2018 IRI 1,500
March 2018 NDI 2,194
 
Giorgi Kvirikashvili
Yes check.svg X mark.svg N/O
41 52 7
25 16 58
 
David Bakradze
Yes check.svg X mark.svg N/O
53 40 7
34 18 47
 
Grigol Vashadze
Yes check.svg X mark.svg N/O
32 52 16
15 21 64
 
Giorgi Margvelashvili
Yes check.svg X mark.svg N/O
52 42 6
26 18 57
 
Shalva Natelashvili
Yes check.svg X mark.svg N/O
34 58 8
 
Nino Burjanadze
Yes check.svg X mark.svg N/O
23 73 4

Results[edit]

Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Davit Bakradze European Georgia
Zviad Baghdavadze Independent
Mikheil Saluashvili Independent
Shalva Natelashvili Georgian Labour Party
Irakli Gorgadze Independent
Grigol Vashadze United National Movement
Giorgi Liluashvili Independent
Salomé Zurabishvili Independent
Zviad Mekhatishvili Independent
Vakhtang Gabunia Independent
David Usupashvili Development Movement
Besarion Tediashvili Independent
Levan Chkheidze Independent
Zviad Iashvili Independent
Zurab Japaridze Girchi
Akaki Asatiani Independent
Gela Khutsishvili Independent
Kakha Kukava Independent
Tamar Tskhoragauli Independent
Giorgi Andriadze Independent
Vladimer Nonikashvili Independent
Kakhaber Chichinadze Independent
Mikheil Antadze Independent
Otar Meunargia Independent
Teimuraz Shashiashvili Independent
Invalid/blank votes
Total
Registered voters/turnout
Source:

References[edit]

  1. ^ The CEC Received Updated Data of Voters
  2. ^ "Key Points of Newly Adopted Constitution". Civil Georgia. 27 September 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b 25 Presidential Candidates are Registered for October 28, 2018 Elections
  4. ^ October 28, 2018 Presidential Elections of Georgia Registered Presidential Candidates
  5. ^ "Presidential Elections 2018: Weekly Digest No.2". Civil.ge:. 2018-09-25. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  6. ^ The Term for Presidential Candidates to Withdraw their Candidacies has Expired
  7. ^ "Presidential Candidate Zurabishvili Claims Georgia Started August 2008 War". Georgia Today on the Web. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  8. ^ "Nino Burjanadze boycotts presidential election". Interpressnews. 8 September 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Current president Giorgi Margvelashvili not to run in presidential elections". Agenda.ge. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  10. ^ "Goodbye, Mr. President". Georgia Today on the Web. Retrieved 2018-10-05.