Open Door Day13 December, 2017
On December 13, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia hosted “Young Lawyers Club” members from N124 public school. The CEC Training Center representatives conducted seminar “Informed Young Voter” for youngsters. Students received comprehensive information on the core aspect of the elections and the role of voter in election processes. Within the framework of the seminar, the mock election was held and students carried out all the stages that the voter performs at the polling station on E-day.
At the end of the meeting, young people visited historical photo-exhibition of election topics; they also visited the CEC library.
Conference “Georgia – EU Association Objectives“12 December, 2017
Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia participated in the joint conference of the Government of Georgia and the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Georgian National Platform.
Along with the theme of the conference - “Georgia – EU Association Objectives“, other important issues were also discussed, including ongoing processes of local self-government reform, electoral systems, and the results of Municipal Elections. With regard to the latter topics, Tamar Zhvania participated in the discussion session and talked about current achievements, challenges, and problems.
Mr Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Parliament of Georgia, Mr Janos Herman, Ambassador of Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Viktor Dolidze, State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, and Ketevan Vashakidze, Chairwoman of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Georgian National Platform made opening remarks at the conference.
Winter School of Council of Europe – New Voting Technologies8 December, 2017
The Council of Europe conducted a five-day seminar in Tbilisi, where new voting technologies were discussed. Experts, representatives of Election Management Bodies and local non-governmental organizations of Eastern Partnership Countries (EaP) (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus) participated in the event.
Rusudan Lelashvili, Head of Software and Computer Network Management Division and Viktor Kakhniashvili, Head of Database Management Division of the CEC participated in the seminar. The five-day event covered the topics on voter registration, summarizing election results and election process management. In addition, election observation methodologies were discussed during the meetings.
The CEC is a Winner of Two International Electoral Awards6 December, 2017
The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia received two international electoral awards at the 15th International Electoral Symposium. One award was received for the citizen engagement and another for the electoral conflict management. At the ceremony held in Jordan, the international electoral awards were presented to Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson.
The Citizen Engagement Award was granted to the CEC for the project “Talk to Voters”. The project was implemented by the Election Administration of Georgia prior to the 2017 Municipal Elections and aimed at awareness raising of voters, strengthening communication between the election administration and voters as well as improving services suggested to voters. Election administrations of Bulgaria, India and Botswana were among the finalists for the mentioned award nomination.
The Electoral Conflict Management Award was received by the Election Administration of Georgia for the activities that referred to ensuring electoral security. The project was implemented in 2016 and 2017, in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and supported the coordinated collaboration of two state entities as well as establishing secure election environment. Argentina, Afghanistan and Columbia were among the finalist for the award along with Georgia
The ceremony of International Electoral Award is being organized for several years by the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) within the frames of International Electoral Affairs Symposium. At the 15th Electoral Symposium held in Jordan on 4-5 December in cooperation with the Independent Election Commission of Jordan, participants discussed various election related issues. Along with the CEC Chairperson, Giorgi Sharabidze, Deputy CEC Chairperson and Commission Member, Zurab Khrikadze also participated in the Symposium.
It is the fourth international electoral award received by the Georgian Election Administration. The first award was granted to the CEC Training Center in 2013 for the nomination of “First Time Voter”; the second award was given to EA in the category of “Election Management” in 2015. In 2016 The CEC was among finalists in two nominations - “Minority Engagement Award” and “Citizen Engagement Award” however the CEC became a winner of the award for minority engagement.
It should be noted that in 2017 the CEC Chairperson received Joe C. Baxter annual award granted by the president of International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) for her contributions in supporting the development of election process.
International Conference on Election Observation and the Role of Technology in Electoral Processes1 December, 2017
Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia participated in the international conference. Major topics of the conference were election observation and the role of technology in electoral processes. During the seminar organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), international obligations and other standards for democratic elections, as well as good practice and challenges related to the implementation of election-related commitments were broadly discussed.
Tamar Zhvania drew attendees’ attention to the achievements in terms of the development of election environment and discussed current challenges while delivering her speech at the conference; in addition, she underlined those activities where OSCE/ODIHR recommendations were fully considered by the administration.
OSCE delegations, election experts and practitioners from electoral management bodies, parliamentary assemblies, international organizations, and citizen observers participated in the event. Michael Lidauer, founding member, Wahlbeobachtung.org (Citizen Election Observation Organization), Austria, and Thomas Hicks, vice-chairman, Election Assistance Commission, United States were among speakers who took the floor; they focused on significant topics such as different international obligations and standards promoting holding democratic elections and increasing use of technology in the election processes in recent years.
The conference was held on November 28 in Vienna, Austria.