ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENT OF GEORGIA on Holding
of Nation-Wide Plebiscite among Electors - Internally Displaced Persons and
Refugees from Abkhazia
In accordance with the decision of the separatist
regime of Abkhazia, on 23 November 1996 the so-called parliamentary elections will be
held in Abkhazia. Despite the numerous warnings on the Part of Georgian
Authorities, the UN Security Council, UN and other competent international
organizations, that holding elections in the Autonomous Republic would only be
possible only within the framework of comprehensive political settlement, after
status of Abkhazia is defined, with full respect for sovereignty and
territorial integrity of Georgia and provided vast majority of the population
of Abkhazia - internally displaced persons and refugees are capable to participated
in it, the decision of the separatists remains intact.
In order to identify attitude of the vast majority
legitimate electors of Abkhazia, that is, refugees and internally displaced
persons towards this so called parliamentary elections to be held by the
separatist regime, pursuant to the law of Georgian on Referendum adopted on 15
May 1996, I decree:
1. To hold nation-wide referendum among the
internally displaced persons and refugees from Abkhazia on 23
2. In addition to those citizens referred to in article
1, those electors of Abkhazia living in the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia or
beyond its border, who do not have status of
internally displaced persons or refugees and want to fix their attitude toward
parliamentary elections organized by separatist may take part in the
3. To introduce in a Referendum paper the
“ Do you support holding parliamentary elections
organized by the separatist regime in the Autonomous Republic until the territorial integrity of Georgia is restored and internally displaces persons and
refugees are returned to their homes?
2. The Central Election Commission shall be
entrusted with a task of preparing and holding the Referendum.
3. Minister of Finance of Georgia (D. Iakobidze)
shall allocate necessary financial resources in accordance with the expenditure
standards of the Central election Commission of Georgia.
4. Ministries and Agencies of Georgia, competent
authorities of Autonomous Republics of Abkhazia and Ajara, regional administrations,
mayors of cities and towns shall be entrusted with a task of securing holding
the referendum in full conformity with the law.
5. To publish this decree without delay and
publicize it trough mass media.
31 October 1996
(Newspaper “Afkhazetis Khma”, # 15, 6 November 1996)