June 21, 2010, 11 a.m.
Active participation by both the government and public is necessary for effective development of democratic principles. A Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy report examines public interest and civic involvement amidst the constitutional reform in Georgia. From the report:
"As the results of the survey demonstrate, the majority of the Georgian population lacks awareness of the basic rights and institutions enshrined in the constitution. In our survey, less than 1% of those interviewed said they know the constitution well. 50% of those surveyed do not know the objective of the State Constitutional Commission. The top three issues to be most positively affected if the new constitution is approved are human rights, independence of courts and transparency of elections."