As Kobakhidze explained, they will not interfere either in the formation of the relevant group or in the presentation of candidates.
“We offered the opposition and non-governmental organizations an unprecedented procedure for electing the Public Defender. We say something simple that we will not interfere in the selection of candidates at all, let NGOs and opposition parties do it, but we will join the discussion only after that. This is an unprecedented proposal and, of course, there are no reasons for criticism, but they managed to come up with a reason even here.
The situation is very simple, of course, consultations will be held in connection with this group of 9 people. It is about how it should be formed and, of course, we are completely open to this discussion, we have no interest in any such person with whom we have different, better relations than with representatives of others. NGOs. The process will be absolutely open, they themselves can name candidates for this group, we will not interfere at all in the formation of this group. From beginning to end, they themselves can complete this group in terms of NGOs. As for the nomination of candidates, we also offer them a simple thing that we will not name a single candidate, let them name those candidates who are acceptable to them, and only after that we will join the process.
The subjects that name the candidates are factions, political groups and a group of factionless deputies of 7 people. Any of them, if desired, can join this process. Of course, it is desirable for us that all factions, political groups and a group of deputies of 7 people be included in it, based on the fact that then this process will be completely open,” Kobakhidze said.