CEC decision on out-of-country voting process was left into force by the Court17 November, 2018
Today, Tbilisi City Court left into force the decision of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia on extending the voting procedures abroad until 24:00.
Since the Georgian legislation on announcing the Election Day as the day off will not be applied out-of-country, the CEC made the decision enabling voters residing abroad to exercise their constitutional right. More precisely, in accordance with the CEC decision, the electoral precincts created abroad will operate for extra hours and the polling procedures on E-day will be prolonged until 24:00, local time of the respective country.
Observer organizations – “Transparency International – Georgia” (TI) and “International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy” filed the complaint to the Tbilisi City Court and requested annulment of the CEC decision (N53/2018 decree adopted on November 14, 2018).
The Court hearing was conducted on November 17, at 13:00 and the Tbilisi City Court did not uphold the complaint.
Tolerance Advocate Award was Granted to the Head of the CEC Coordination, Planning and Reporting Department16 November, 2018
Tolerance Advocate award was granted to the Head of Coordination, Planning and Reporting Department of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia. Sophio Sitchinava was awarded for the contribution to the development of a culture of tolerance.
While delivering the speech, Mrs. Sitchinava talked about the activities of the Election Administration (EA) and emphasized the projects implemented for the ethnic minority representatives.
At the event, dedicated to the International Tolerance Day, councils of national minorities and religions of the Tolerance Centre under the Auspices of the Public Defender of Georgia identified award holders of the tolerance advocates from the various fields. Clergies, representatives of diplomatic missions, non-governmental and media organizations are among the award winners.
The event was organized by the Tolerance Centre under the Auspices of Public Defender of Georgia within the frames of the program “Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness” (PITA) of United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG) financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Second Round of Presidential Election will be Held on November 2814 November, 2018
Second round of Presidential Election of Georgia will be held on November 28. At today’s session, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia adopted the ordinance on appointing the second round of election after summarizing the results of the October 28, 2018 Election of the President of Georgia.
After the CEC session, Ana Mikeladze the CEC Spokesperson held the news briefing. As the CEC Spokesperson stated, according to the election legislation E-day is a day off. Therefore, November 28, Wednesday is officially announced as the day off.
The two candidates with the best results in the first round of the election will participate in the second round of Presidential Election of Georgia. Accordingly, the text of the ballot paper for the November 28 second round of the election was adopted by the CEC. Two presidential candidates will be included in the ballot paper: №5 Grigol Vashadze and №48 Salome Zourabichvili.
The second round of the Presidential Election will be administered at 3 705 electoral precincts. 55 polling stations will be operating for the citizens residing abroad. As for the citizens serving in armed forces stationed in Afghanistan, the second round of Presidential Election will be conducted at two electoral precincts on November 26.
“Since the Georgian legislation on announcing the Election Day as the day off will not be applied out-of-country, the CEC made the decision enabling voters residing abroad to exercise their constitutional right. More precisely, in accordance with the CEC decision, the electoral precincts created abroad will operate for extra hours and the polling procedures on E-day will be prolonged until 24:00, local time of the respective country” - announced Ana Mikeladze.
According to the CEC Spokesperson, at its session, the CEC adopted the schedule of electoral activities which in detail describes the activities and terms related to the second round of the election. The schedule of electoral activities will be uploaded at the CEC official webpage and will available for all electoral stakeholders. In addition, the CEC defined the budget for the second round of election – the rule for distributing and using the amount of money allocated from the state budget.