ACTIVITIES AIMING AT WINNING HEART OF VOTERS
The Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili informed the public about the initiatives and programs planned by the government in June and July. Most of them go to a wide circle of people and are perceived as part of the pre-election campaign as a way to win the hearts of voters.
One of the initiatives is the write-off of fines and debts, including the release of individuals and legal entities from liability for breaches of Covid regulations. This initiative will affect more than 245 thousand citizens and 344 legal entities, and the amount of fines recorded will reach 76 million GEL.
On August 2, one day before the start of the official election campaign, the Prime Minister spoke at a Government Meeting
about large-scale co-financing programs. Among the projects considered are the 2021 grape harvest subsidize, the agricultural machinery co-financing grant program, and mortgage loan subsidize programs for families with newly born children and for multi-child families.
At the same meeting, the Prime Minister addressed the high cost of medicines in the pharmaceutical market and stated that after the Competition Agency submits an Interim Monitoring Report of medicine prices, the government should find a realistic solution. Irakli Gharibashvili also said that on July 28, a
special Inter-Agency Commission was set up to look for ways to reduce the interest rate on the borrowings of the pensioners.
Although above-mentioned government programs respond to the difficult social and economic situation in the society, their approval and public presentation coincides with the start of the official campaign and thus is perceived as electorally motivated and places electoral subjects in unequal conditions.