POSSIBLE VOTE-BUYING BY MAJORITARIAN MEMBERS OF THE GEORGIAN PARLIAMENT
2020-07-09 Kakha Okriashvili paid for half a million laris worth of groceries himself, for helping 16 000 families that live on the territory of his majoritarian constituency. Locals received packages labeled “A package of groceries, together with you, Kakha Okriashvili, humanitarian assistance.” The MP’s press-office also released a statement through media, saying that within a humanitarian initiative with a budget of half a million laris, Kakha Okriashvili used his own funds to purchase the following through an auction: a total of 32 000 liters of oil, 48 000 kg macaroni, 32 000 kg rice, 32 000 kg buckwheat and 32 000 kg sugar. According to the statement, baskets of essential products were meant to be equally distributed among 16 000 families and each family would receive 2 liters of oil, 3kg macaroni, and rice, buckwheat and sugar, 2kg each. ISFED has found that residents of the majoritarian district received these products accompanied with a message from Kakha Okriashvili. 5 Notably, Kakha Okriashvili has publicly announced his plans to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections, in the same district, as a majoritarian candidate.