The CEC Meeting will be held on October 17 at 16:0017 October, 2018
The Term for Presidential Candidates to Withdraw their Candidacies has Expired16 October, 2018
Today, at 18:00, the term for presidential candidates to withdraw their candidacies has expired. The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia registered 25 presidential candidates, out of these 19 are nominated by political parties and six by initiative groups. None of the applications of the presidential candidates were submitted to the CEC before the expiration of the term to withdraw the candidacy envisaged by the law. Accordingly, all 25 registered candidates will be included in the ballot paper.
Today, at the News Briefing held on the CEC premises, Ana Mikeldaze the CEC Spokesperson along with the information noted above informed the media about the unified list of voters; as she told to journalists, the term to amend voter lists has been also expired. According to the legislation, it is prohibited to amend the lists of voters within the last 12 days prior to the Election Day.
“More than 900 000 voters used and verified the lists through October 10 by using the CEC offered service on verification of voter lists via electronic means; 988 voters addressed precinct and district election commissions in written form about the data in the list. Based on the final version of the voter list, precinct election commissions will hand out voter cards to voters by October 25 of the current year”, stated Ana Mikeladze.
The CEC's Innovative Offer for Young People to Receive Electoral Information16 October, 2018
The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia offers new service to young people to get electoral information. Posters are displayed at 24 higher education institutions where quick response code (QR code) is available and contains interesting information for youth.
The special banner was created for young people on the CEC website and after scanning the QR code via a mobile application, they may access such important information as Presidential Election 2018, voting procedures, online electoral library, history of elections in Georgia, educational projects, and some other important activities of the election administration.
Posters with QR code were displayed at higher education institutions located in Tbilisi as well as in other regions.
Please see the QR code on the following link: http://cesko.ge/geo/elections/get_menu/3
Information about Protocols of Administrative Offences16 October, 2018
On October 11, by the decision of the Chairperson of №13 Sighnaghi District Election Commission (DEC) Manana Mtchedlishvili a protocol of administrative offence was drawn up against Nato Usenashvili, member of №13 Sighnaghi DEC. On October 7, 2018, Nato Usenashvili, while getting acquainted with the content of the registration book, requested to a make photo-video recording of the pages, since the capacity of the material was too large. In response, she received an explanation that according to the election legislation she did not have the right to do so. Despite the multiple warnings, she did not follow the legitimate request of the chairperson and actually paralyzed the working process. As a result she was expelled from the commission's office. The above mentioned served as a ground for drawing up the protocol of administrative offence.
Based on the investigation, protocol of administrative offences, which defines 500 GEL fine (91¹ Article of the Election Code of Georgia) was sent to the relevant court for further response. By the decision of the court, Nato Usenashvili was recognized as an offender and was given a verbal notice.
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On October 11 by the decision of the Chairperson of №13 Sighnaghi DEC Manana Mtchedlishvili a protocol of administrative offence was drawn up against Giorgi Babakishvili, representative of the “United National Movement”. On October 7, 2018, after the commission member Nato Usenashvili was refused to conduct photo-video recording of the pages of registration book, Giorgi Babakishvili without permission turned on video camera and started to record the working process at the Chairperson’s office. Despite the multiple warnings, he did not left the office and continued the violation of order as well as hindering the work of the commission. As a result he was expelled from the office.
Based on the investigation, the protocol of administrative offence, which defines the fine of 500 GEL (91¹ Article of the Election Code of Georgia) was sent to the relevant court for further response. By the decision of the court, Giorgi Babakishvili was recognized as an offender and was given a verbal notice
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On October 13, by the decision of the Chairperson of №57 Tkibuli DEC, Nato Kentchoshvili a protocol of administrative offence was drawn up against Nana Razmadze, head of the information center of Tkibuli Municipality - “Info Tkibuli”. Agitation material placed on the website of “Info Tkibuli” in favor of one of the election subject served as a ground for drawing up the protocol of administrative offence. The mentioned was the violation of the requirement of the subparagraph “b”,paragraph 1, article 48 of the election code of Georgia.
Based on the investigation, the protocol of administrative offence, which defines 2000GEL fine was sent to the relevant court for further response.
The Meeting with the Ethnic Minority Women in Ninotsminda15 October, 2018
The representatives of the Central Election Commission (CEC) met with ethnically Armenian women residing in Ninotsminda. Sopio Sitchinava, the head of the working group for ethnic minorities, informed them about the Presidential Election of October 28th. She spoke in detail about all the services and innovations that the election administration offers to ethnic minorities. At the meeting were discussed the services implemented at the CEC Call Center enabling ethnic minorities to receive information about electoral matters in Armenian and Azerbaijani languages. The topic of women’s involvement in electoral processes was also covered at the meeting.
The meeting in Ninotsminda was initiated by the CEC and organized by an NGO “Healthy Society of Javakheti.”
The CEC Received Updated Data of Voters12 October, 2018
Today, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia received updated data of voters. At the meeting held on the CEC premises, Soso Giorgadze Chairperson of LEPL Public Service Development Agency of the Ministry of Justice and Khatuna Samnidze project manager of “Improvement of Election Lists“ delivered the database of potential voters as of October 12 of current year to Tamar Zhvania the CEC Chairperson and Giorgi Sharabidze the CEC Deputy Chairperson.
As Tamar Zhvania stated to journalists following the meeting, 3 558 437 potential voters are reflected in the data transferred by the Public Service Development Agency to the CEC. “This data will be processed by the CEC for Presidential Election. The final figure will be known once all requirements of the legislation are envisaged for forming the list”, noted Tamar Zhvania.
According to “Election Code of Georgia”, the Public Service Development Agency provides the CEC with necessary data for voter list’s formation four times per year and transfers it to the commission during the election period upon request.
Following processing the data, public version of the updated voter list is available to parties with electoral registration, to initiative groups, as well as to observer organizations and voters envisaged by the election legislation.