HOW PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SEE THEIR ELECTORATE
05 September, 2013
HOW PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SEE THEIR ELECTORATE
The Campaign for presidential elections has begun. We are witnessing many different things and feel dissatisfaction. First of all, I have to point out that this is the first presidential elections with a rather high level of competitiveness. In spite of the fact that many experts don’t expect serious results for the National Movement candidate, we have to say that with the resurses and experience of its activities on the political scene, the national movement is one of the competitive
parties at these elections. And this is the first time when we see more than one candidate who has the chance to win or at least, to win the first round of the elections if it takes place.
We want to survey not the candidates themselves but their campaigns. I want to say that I am surprised. I am concerned how the candidates of about Presidential elections in Georgia view the electorate and Georgian nation in general. There is no arguing with the fact that the single criterion they apply during their campaign is: ‘We appeal to the low-income class who lives in poverty! We will solve your problems’. But solving the problems doesn’t mean for them to help this people to escape poverty. They just offer little improvements to keep them in this situation because this is the main part of the electorate they seem will meet their political aims. If I’m not standing every day in hot summer and cold winter in the market to earn my little daily income, it means I am not the part of electorate. And consequently I am not appealed to. I feel don’t belong to the electorate perceived by our presidential candidates. I don’t see that political situation in Georgia is built on the aim to eliminate poverty in Georgia: they assume that we like little “Nugeshi” (Hope) and “Muqta” (Cheap) booths in the streets of Tbilisi, were you can buy bread for 40 tetri instead of 70 or 80 tetri. But if someone asks me I don’t want to buy bread in booth by 40 tetri. I want to have the income which I deserve for my work. Unfortunately, middle class simply doesn’t exist in Georgia. Why? It is because politicians don’t appeal to the middle class. Remember the words of Bidzina Ivanishvili, which he repeats time and again, insisting that Georgian public has low political culture. That kind of attitude is not accidental. It looks like the Georgian Dream has shaped its own point of view about Georgian public and they are going to act according to this opinion ignoring the reality. I would like to witness that political parties are interested to finally solve actual financial problems of Georgian people and to talk and discuss vital issues that need to be solved the such as territorial integrity and integration in Euro-structures. It is getting boring to talk about poverty all the time when nobody is talking about the vital problems.
After the October presidential elections, due to the constitutional changes, Georgia will have the president with new profile and functions mainly directed at the foreign affairs. It seems that the candidates think that Georgian electorate doesn’t understand the nuances of the new political system of the parliamentarian republic. But in fact, they do. It seems they ignore all the main issues of the new reality. I as a part of the electorate, I want to see how this or that candidate sees himself or herself in the new role of the president of Georgia. No one is talking about it. And finally, we see presidential candidates scattered throughout different regions of Georgia to show that they are close to “people”. They have no clear program how they see future of Georgia, which will solve every question for every part of the public. We want to see modern European presidential campaign and be assured that the future president of Georgia sees Georgian society as a whole entity that understands and faces challenges of the country and is ready to solve those problems together with its political leaders. Presidential candidates banish poverty and live for the sake of your country to build a new European society.

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