Elections in Georgia: 2021 Municipal Elections

A voter participates in Georgia's 2017 municipal elections.

On Saturday, October 2, Georgian voters will have the opportunity to vote for mayors and city council members across the country.

These positions are essential to local governance and represent a continuation of Georgia’s shift toward the more decentralized governing structure launched in 2014. Georgia’s political environment remains highly polarized in the wake of the 2020 parliamentary elections, when opposition parties boycotted Parliament and demanded that the elections be repeated. In April 2021, the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party, together with opposition parties, signed a European Union-mediated agreement that ended the boycott. One provision of the agreement was that, should GD fail to win at least 42 percent of the vote during the October municipal elections, early parliamentary elections would be held later in 2021. In July, GD announced that it was abandoning this agreement.

To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Georgia: 2021 Municipal Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • What changes affect the municipal elections of 2021?
  • Who is eligible to vote, and how many registered voters are there?
  • How is the election management body protecting the elections and voters from COVID-19?
  • How will election disputes be adjudicated?

Learn more about IFES' programs in Georgia and follow @IFES.Geo on Facebook.

Additionally, follow IFES' COVID-19 Survival Guide for Democracies and #COVIDxDemocracy for new analysis and innovative solutions.

Published on October 1, 2021.

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