Updated June 6
According to local media reports, on Monday the parliament supported the president's decree setting October 8 as the date for the parliamentary elections
October 8 has been formally set as the date of Georgia's parliamentary elections this year, after president Giorgi Margvelashvili issued a decree on Friday. Elections to the Supreme Council of the autonomous republic of Adjaria will also take place that day according to his spokeswoman Eka Mishveladze.
Elections have to take place before the end of October according to Georgia's consitution, but it is up to the president to sign the decree, and prime minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili to co-sign it. After signing of the decree, restrictions come into force on on the use of administrative resources, budgets and official positions.
Between the prime minister and president there were initially differences over the desired start date of the campaign. The president wanted a six month campaign, the prime minister a three month campaign. The eventual compromise was a four month period from June 8 to October 8.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
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