The CEC meeting will be held on September 25 at 19:0024 September, 2017
Public Action “Find Yourself, Find Your Election Precinct”24 September, 2017
In the framework of the public action -“Find Yourself, Find Your Election Precinct”, today, the employees of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia and its Training Center were offering citizens to verify their data in the unified list of voters through quick payment terminals at Rustaveli Avenue.
Voters may verify their and their family members data through the innovative services suggested by the CEC, namely, the CEC webpage (voters.cec.gov.ge), smart phones, tabs and 9 500 quick payment terminals located throughout the country. While verifying the personal data in the voter list, a user will also receive the information about the location of the polling station.
From August 22, including today, 265 472 citizens have been using the mentioned services.
Members of the District Election Commissions (DEC) have already joined the informational campaign and hold meetings gradually with voters throughout the country. Representatives of all 73 DECs will meet citizens at the places of public gathering in municipalities and villages and assist them to verify their personal data in the voters’ list through the modern technologies, as well as they will provide citizens with additional information on the upcoming 2017 Elections and their electoral rights.
The Election Administration reminds citizens that the deadline for requesting amendments to the unified list of voters is October 3.
Information on Incident Occurred at Ozurgeti Precinct Election Commission24 September, 2017
Door is smashed in the building of N6 Precinct Election Commission (PEC) of Ozurgeti, inventory is damaged and the public version of the voter list is torn down (wall list). The incident happened last night; the relevant legal procedures are in place.
The mentioned incident will not affect daily activities of the PEC; the damaged pubic version of the voter list is designed for voters to verify their data; the election administration within the shortest time will ensure re-posting the public version of the voter list at the commission and citizens again will be able to verify their data without hindrance.
It should be underlined, that a similar case took place two days ago in N31 PEC of Gardabani. The Election Administration views such violent actions as unacceptable and hopes that these incidents are isolated, single and unplanned cases and will not turn into a systematic tendency of damaging electoral processes.
CEC Representative Participated in Human Dimension Implementation Meeting23 September, 2017
Zurab Khrikadze, a member of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia attended annual meeting “2017 Human Dimension Implementation” held in Warsaw, Poland.
The CEC representative delivered a presentation giving a glimpse of Georgia's policy with regard to persons with disabilities as well as inclusive programs developed by the CEC. In addition, Zurab Khrikadze presented to the attendees information on adapted webpage tailored to the needs of persons with disabilities, as well as demonstrated other appliances designed for independent voting of the PWDs.
In the framework of the meeting and with the active participation of the UK and U.S. Delegations, Mr Zurab Khrikadze convened a special side event dedicated to the steps aimed at improving the access of persons with disabilities to elections. In addition, several speakers took the floor and spoke about the same subject, including, Ms Lusine Badalyan, Senior Election Adviser, ODIHR, Ms Hilary Third, Scottish Government Equality Unit, Equality Policy, Human Rights and Third Sector, and Ms Keti Maisuradze, Deputy Chief of Party, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Georgia.
The topic of working sessions varied from Fundamental freedoms, including Tolerance and non-discrimination, humanitarian issues and other commitments, Rule of law, to social and cultural rights as an answer to rising inequalities and was concluded with the Discussion of human dimension activities.
The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) each year organizes the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of the participating States, to discuss the implementation of OSCE human dimension commitments. Working meetings took place from September 19 to September 21 in Warsaw, Poland. The working meeting was convened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.
Information on Incident Occurred at Gardabani Precinct Election Commission22 September, 2017
The window is broken, public version of voter list (the wall list) and commission ordinance are torn down at N31 village Lemshveniera Precinct Election Commission (PEC) in Gardabani. The incident has occurred approximately at 18:30 pm. Gardabani District Election Commission (DEC) has already delivered the information to the patrol police and the relevant legal procedures follow at the place of incident.
Election Administration condemns any type of violent action and hopes that the similar incident will not be replicated.
Despite the mentioned incident, N31 PEC will continue its duties since tomorrow morning, the Election Administration will ensure the re-posting of the voters' list public version at the commission and the citizens will be able to verify their data without hindrance.
Working Meeting with Judges on Electoral Issues22 September, 2017
Judges of administrative cases panel of district/city court and the court of appeals discuss electoral issues together with Election Administration officials and international experts during three-day working meetings. Nino Gvenetadze, Chairperson of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia and Jerome Leyraud, Chief of Party of International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Georgia and Gaël Martin-Micallef, Legal Officer of the Venice Commission made opening remarks at the working meeting.
As Tamar Zhvania noted during her speech, amendments made to the election legislation, international experience in terms of electoral disputes, use of administrative resources, election campaign and operations are the topics broadly discussed by the participants at the meeting.
“Close cooperation between the CEC and the Supreme Court has resulted in today’s meeting. The main role of the CEC and the Election Administration (EA), explicitly, is that we introduce only those legislative assignment and updates, we have as the legal framework for 2017 Elections, as well as normative acts of the EA, which are in force and function for upcoming elections. I am confident, that our joint working meeting will be very productive” – stated Tamar Zhvania.
“In order to properly administer election procedures we actively cooperate. The role of the Common Courts in terms of administering electoral disputes is of critical importance and performing monitoring functions of courts according to the election legislation is the prerequisite for the successful conduct of elections. Accordingly, at this stage, coordination between the CEC and system of the Common Courts in the pre-election period is very important” – stated Nino Gvenetadze.
At three-day meeting, representatives of Election Administration and the Supreme Court will share mutual experiences, and experts from Federal Court of Switzerland, Council of State in France and European Court of Human Rights of Strasbourg will discuss the international practice.
The meeting is organized by the Central Election Commission along with the Supreme Court and co-financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and Embassies of France and Switzerland in Georgia.
News Briefing22 September, 2017
Today, news briefing was held at the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia. At the news briefing, Ana Mikeladze, the CEC Spokesperson informed media on ongoing election processes:
“Election Administration continues informing the voters and electoral stakeholders on ongoing processes. 3 634 Precinct Election Commissions (PEC) started operating. Yesterday, the process of conducting the first sessions was completed. According to the election legislation, PEC members elected commission Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Secretary from their composition. Detailed information on elected commission officials will be available on the CEC official webpage.
The electing process was transparent. International and local observer organizations, as well as representatives of registered political parties and media observed the PEC first sessions.
PECs launched distributing the voter invitation cards, which enables the voters to receive the information on elections, their polling stations and verify their personal data in the unified list of voters if necessary.
In case the voter does not receive the invitation card until October 1, he/she may additionally verify personal data through various electronic services or contact the CEC Call Center.
In case the voter does not receive the invitation card due to the absence in the list or finds out an inaccuracy in the data, he/she may apply in written form to the Precinct Election Commission and/or the relevant territorial body of State Services Development Agency of the Ministry of Justice until 3rd of October, 18:00.
It is important that, according to the legislation, public version of the unified list of voters is posted at all election precincts and the voters are able to verify their data on spot. It is worth noting, that voter list is available in Georgian, Azerbaijani and Armenian languages.
We would like to remind you, that data verification is available through the services suggested by the Election Administration, namely CEC official webpage, smartphones and tabs with special applications, as well as quick payment terminals.
The webpage is adapted for blind voters and voters with visual impairments. Deaf voters and voters with hearing impairments may receive information in sign language through video call at the CEC Call Center.
As of 1st of September, 3 442 455 voters are registered in the unified list of voters. 243 030 voters used the mentioned services suggested by the CEC during August 22- September 21.
We would like to remind you that every day, including Saturday-Sunday, the CEC Call Center operates (2 51 00 51), also online chat is available. All interested persons may contact and receive any election-related information”- stated Ana Mikeladze.
Meeting with Representatives of U.S. State Department and U.S. Embassy in Georgia21 September, 2017
Today, Tamar Zhvania met with Christopher Hallett, Desk Officer – Georgia of U.S. Department of State, and Kristy Mordhorst and Khatuna Chitanava, representatives of U.S. Embassy in Georgia. Tamar Zhvania provided comprehensive information to visitors on the implemented as well as planned activities for the October 21 Municipal Elections. Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia drew attention to important ongoing procedural issues and innovative services, the Election Administration offers to voters and electoral stakeholders.
The CEC Deputy Chairperson, Spokesperson, and Head of International Relations and Protocol Division attended the informational meeting held today at the CEC.