Audit Service Applies increased Pressure on Pre-Election Ads
23 August, 2012
Audit Service Applies increased Pressure on Pre-Election Ads

State Audit Agency’s new order to impose double burden on transparency of pre-election advertising campaign is redundant and illegal, Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association believes and appeals to the Audit Service to revoke the order. 

According to the new order of the Audit Agency issued on August 6, 2012, political parties sending advertising rolls and adds through Georgian broadcast and printing media must pay advertising costs a week ahead of placing the adds in question. On the other hand, the referred media

must disclose the payment records no later than 24 hours after payment has been made.

Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) believes the new order of the State Audit Agency is tantamount to interfering in private business relationships that falls beyond the legal framework. The point is that regulation of advertising procedures, agreements made by electoral subjects for placement of political ads on TV and in newspapers, type and amount of payment does not fall under the competence of the questioned agency and are rightly regulated by Georgian National Communication Commission (GNCC) in pursuance with the Georgian Election Code and law on Georgian Broadcast. Therefore duplication of GNCC function by the state audit service seems quite redundant and illegal.

“It is the right of parties to settle these issues and it does not fall under the scope of government’s regulation. The order cites several irrelevant articles as legal grounds. According to these Articles, the agency is authorized to regulate procedures pertinent to transparency of information about party finances. Determining rules for conducting business relations and making payments is well beyond the authority to determine rules of transparency and falls outside legal frameworks,” GYLA experts say.

Besides these regulations contradict the law and provide for unjust prohibitions respective to electoral subjects. In individual cases, they may also act as artificial barriers for electoral subjects. As a matter of fact the State Audit Agency did not provide any concrete grounds and the clear target why this twofold obligation on media [on keeping the government informed about placement of pre-election ads] is so necessary.

According to Georgian Election Code, GNCC regulates participation of media in election process. It ensures monitoring of broadcasters’ compliance with applicable norms and acts on violations of these norms. The same law regulates the media behavior to make information public as well as inform the GNCC about adds allocation during specific periods. They give exact dates, frequency, length of airtime allocated on a daily basis and corresponding schedule, TV ad rates, and the provided service. The information is published only by newspapers funded from the state and local budgets.

Public administrative proceedings are ongoing at the GNCC for passing a resolution on “adoption of rules for participation of media in pre-election process and its utilization”.  According to the draft resolution, a broadcaster will be held liable pursuant to the law of Georgia on Broadcasting for violation of Audit service’s order of the August 6, 2012. The law on broadcasting envisages warning, fine, and suspension of license as types of sanction.

GYLA believes that the double monitoring of media in pre-election issues by two different public agencies is unjustifiable. Additional responsibilities before the State Audit Service will be a heavy burden for media organizations.

“Media in its turn participates in pre-election processes with high intensity and controlling activities of media must be the sole responsibility of the GNCC,” they say. Therefore the non-governmental watchdog calls on the State Audit Service to abolish the illegal act adopted on August 6 immediately.

Broadcasters and opposition political parties claim the new rule will hamper advertising process as parties frequently pay after ads are placed and payment in installments is an adopted practice. GYLA offers its service to all election subjects, broadcasters and newspapers that are affected by the foregoing prohibitions if they apply to court to make the new act void. However, nobody appealed to GYLA as of yet.

Print
Other Stories
Who is constructing “Khadori 3” Hydropower Plant in Pankisi Gorge?
Clashes broke out in Pankisi Gorge, Georgia’s northeastern region between special forces and residents
Business Positive – Successful radio program from Radio Positive
Starting point of radio program Business Positive is to meet interesting people, communicate with them and deliver information that is interesting for the audience.
A factory of electric vehicles to be built in Kutaisi
Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze stated that a factory of electric vehicles will be built in Kutaisi at the presentation of the Aigroup business group.
Qvevri-shaped hotel complex to be built in Telavi
A Qvevri-shaped hotel complex is scheduled to be built in the village of Shalauri in Telavi, Kakheti (east part of Georgia).
Georgian designers presented at Fashion World Tokyo 2019
The products of 11 Georgian designers are showcased at Fashion World Tokyo 2019,
Silknet raises $200 million in Eurobond issue
27 March 2019 - JSC Silknet (“Silknet”), one of Georgia’s leading telecommunications operators, has successfully priced a debut $200 million 5-year 11% senior unsecured bonds issue (the “Notes”).
Pistachio trees will be planted in Georgia
Dozens of hectares of Pistachio are planned to be planted in Georgia this year.
Toyota Safety Sense and Hybrid Technology
Toyota Caucasus, has presented two new models the 5th generation RAV4 and the 12th generation Corolla at Rustavi International Motorpark, several days ago.
Bidzina Ivanishvili “became number one oppressor of businesses in Georgia” - ICC Georgia chairman Fady Asly
Mr. Ivanishvili promised the business community to protect them from harassment and pressure, unfortunately his words died with the sunset of that day
The best brands of Belarus will be exhibited on a large-scale exposition in Tbilisi
"The Belarusians like to come to Georgia to relax near the sea in Batumi as well as to stay in sunny Kakhetia."
Don’t treat business like a hooker! - Georgian businessman Vasil Soprpmadze addresses politicians
Businessman Vasil Sopromadze, founder of the company "Fresco", addresses politicians
RAV4 No Compromise and Corolla Set to Impress – Two New Cars Presented by Toyota
Toyota Caucasus, the company constantly aspiring to greatness, has presented two new models the 5th generation RAV4 and the 12th generation Corolla.
Mamuka Khazaradze quits TBC bank, does not sell the TBC Bank share
I made a decision to leave TBC bank where I spent 27 years of my life
10 Reasons to buy an apartment in the suburbs
There is a tendency for Tbilisi dwellers to move from central parts of the capital to the suburbs.
Georgian citizens are granted the right to work in France
The French Embassy in Georgia made remarks on granting Georgian citizens the right to work in France
The New York Times: Bitcoin declines but Georgia still bet on it
The New York Times has recently published an article about reasons, challenges and causes of generating Bitcoin in the former Soviet country Georgia.
EU to allocate € 13 billion for Eastern Partnership countries, including Georgia
The European Union together with the World Bank plans to allocate investment worth € 13 billion for infrastructure projects in the Eastern Partnership countries.
Anaklia Port and its importance for Georgia
In 2016, Anaklia Development Consortium was authorized to launch the construction of Anaklia Port.
Cryptocurrency mining threatens electrical network in Abkhazia
In the breakaway region of Akbhazia rampant cryptocurrency mining is threatening the shaky electrical network, reports an article of the news portal EuroNet.
Caucasus Wine University to be opened in Gurjaani
In the Kakheti region a new viticulture campus of the Caucasus University is in the process of planning.
Photos describing life of the poorest in Georgia
Fight with poverty should be among top priorities of every government in every country.
Training farmers to rescue the organic hazelnut production in Georgia
Even drizzling rain and unpleasant gusts of wind can’t prevent the farmers from coming and participating in the agricultural training.
Bleak times for organic farmers in Georgia – but there is hope
Organic hazelnut production is a delicate plant in Georgia that has emerged just a couple of years ago. Various pests, among them the Asian stink bug Parosana, trouble hazelnut farmers and menace their livelihood – even before their businesses could really take off.
Hybrid car imports are going through the roof in Georgia
Thanks to their fuel economy, the popularity of hybrid cars is increasing in Georgia, where fuel affordability is low and prices for fuel are unstable.
The New Year offer from MAQRO Construction - Apartments with unbelievable discounts and the parking spaces for FREE!
Location, green yard, spaces for various needs, experience of the construction company and parking space are the main important criteria for potential buyers of apartments.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
25.04.2019
26.04.2019
USD
1
USD
2.6984
2.6984
EUR
1
EUR
3.0246
3.0246
GBP
1
GBP
3.4912
3.4912
RUB
100
RUB
4.2125
4.2125
Other Stories
Recently Toyota rolled out Global Campaign under this slogan that reflects the Olympic and Paralympic Spirit of Encouragement,
A couple from Switzerland combines Swiss tradition and technology with Georgian products. Their cheese is made in the Georgian mountains and sold in local stores and hotels.
It has been more than five years since the residents of Lilo village, near Tbilisi, cannot open their windows.
63 000 GEL was received by the Georgian Agro Export Group which is just a small part of the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agricultural and Rural development.
Georgian entrepreneur Guka Tavberidze, who runs his own business in the UK and does it quite well, has been invited by BBC
The grand opening of 7-star The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi took place in Georgia’s capital on July 31.
DUSHETI, Georgia – The Georgian government and the World Bank will allocate USD 5.6 million (12 million GEL) to fund
A new Georgian clothing brand named Person has emerged in Georgian market.
Georgia is in the midst of an economic maelstrom, Euronews reports.
Situation at Georgia’s mineral water market is interesting: over the last year, the volume of export has grown by 56 percent. According to “GeoStat”, over $114 million worth of mineral water was sold
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6984
EUR
1
EUR
3.0246
GBP
1
GBP
3.4912
RUB
100
RUB
4.2125