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  • Working Meeting on Election Security Issues

    Working Meeting on Election Security Issues

    26 July, 2017

    Today, officials of the Central Election Commission (CEC), the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the CEC Training Center discussed the election security issues. The workshop was held with the support of the IFES in Radisson Blue Iveria Hotel.

    The parties discussed the planned activities to ensure the conduct of the 2017 Municipal Elections in a peaceful and free environment, namely, the development and renewal of the training project for the Election Administration (EA) and the MIA staff as well as to prepare training program on security issues.

    As the CEC Chairperson, Tamar Zhvania noted, the EA has been cooperating with the MIA for two years already, "The essence of the meeting itself and the discussion that took place today is highly important; the electoral security and conduct of the Municipal Elections in a peaceful environment was broadly discussed. We have talked about the memorandum, preventive measures as well as training programs that we need in order to hold the 2017 Municipal Elections in a peaceful and free environment. The assistance provided by the MIA to the EA is worth underlining. We jointly plan critically important activities to facilitate a free election environment for voters where they may cast their votes freely”, -Tamar Zhvania said.

    Participants also discussed the issue of developing the Memorandum between the EA and the MIA.

    “Today’s meeting marks the beginning of cooperation with the CEC in terms of planning and organizing events for ensuring a peaceful and free environment for 2017 Municipal Elections. The next stage will be the signing of the Memorandum, on the basis of which we will plan joint activities. Due to cooperation with the CEC and with the support of international organizations we managed to organize elections fairly well in 2016 when it comes to the security. This process is ongoing and today, it is the first step in this direction and we will do everything to ensure that the 2017 Municipal Elections is conducted in a peaceful and free environment“, - stated Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Mr. Shalva Khutsishvili.  

    The importance to ensure the security of the elections was singled out by Jerome Leyraud, Chief of Party of IFES, Georgia. Mr Leyraud noted that IFES has been supporting the CEC and the MIA for a second year to develop and sign a memorandum on election issues. "Election security is increasingly significant in the light of upcoming Municipal Elections. We are pleased to see such an effective collaboration that works so well and we hope that the work process will be further deepened and the elections will be held in a peaceful and safe environment in October, "said Jerome Leyraud.

    It should be noted that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the EA and the MIA was signed in 2016, on the basis of which the parties carried out joint measures for securing the Parliamentary Elections 2016.

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  • Meeting with the Pre-election Observation Mission of the National Democratic Institute

    Meeting with the Pre-election Observation Mission of the National Democratic Institute

    20 July, 2017
    Officials of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia met with the pre-election observation mission of the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Preparation process for the upcoming 2017 Municipal Elections was the main topic of discussion. Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson provided information about the projects implemented by the Election Administration and services suggested to voters for 2017 Municipal Elections.
    During the four day visit in Georgia, NDI pre-election delegation conducts meetings with the representatives of Election Administration, government, political parties, civil society, media and diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia. At the end of the visit, the observation mission will publish the preliminary assessment of pre-election environment.
     

     

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  • REGISTRATION FOR THE PROJECT “COURSES FOR ELECTORAL ADMINISTRATORS”

    REGISTRATION FOR THE PROJECT “COURSES FOR ELECTORAL ADMINISTRATORS”

    19 July, 2017

     

    From August 7 to August 17, 2017 The Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) and the Training Center will implement the awareness raising and training project “Courses for Electoral Administrators”. The mentioned courses envisage the review of polling procedures to raise civic awareness around electoral issues and facilitate the formation of qualified staff at the electoral administration.

    The project will be implemented in all municipalities of Georgia.

    A citizen of Georgia from the age of 18 is eligible to participate in the training course. It is desirable that an individual willing to participate in the project has experience of working at election administration, experience of participation at elections in the capacity of an observer, certificate of an electoral administration officer and/or certificate of the Electoral Development School. Gender equality principle will be taken into account when designing the teams of participants.

    For participating in the course, you have to fill out an application (See the Application Form available in Georgian) and submit it to the district election commission, according to the location of project implementation, from July 20, through July 28 (except of week-ends). When submitting an application, you should have an identification document with you.

    Schedule

     

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    Application forms will be submitted at the following addresses of DECs

    1

    Mtatsminda

    Tbilisi, Shio Mgvimeli str. №1

    2

    Vake

    Tbilisi, Vaja – Fshavela str. №32

    3

    Saburtalo

    Tbilisi, Vaja – Fshavela str. №32

    4

    Krtsanisi

    Tbilisi, Krtsanisi str. №8

    5

    Isani

    Tbilisi, Kakheti Lane str. №2

    6

    Samgori

    Tbilisi, Third Array, Kaloubani str. №18

    7

    Chugureti

    Tbilisi, Javakhishvili str. №51

    8

    Didube

    Tbilisi, Aghmashenebeli avenue. №140a

    9

    Nadzaladevi

    Tbilisi, SarajiSvili str. №1

    10

    Gldani

    Tbilisi, Mukhiani  3rd m/r, block. 23

    11

    Sagarejo

    Sagarejo, Aghmashenebeli str. N15

    12

    Gurjaani

    Gurjaani, Rustaveli str. N18

    13

    Signagi

    Signagi,  Aghmashenebeli str. N13

    14

    Dedoflistskaro

    Dedoflistskaro, Rustaveli str. N29

    15

    Lagodekhi

    Lagodekhi, Zakatala str. N44

    16

    Kvareli

    Kvareli, Chavchavadze str. N34

    17

    Akhmeta

    Akhmeta, B. Cholokhashvili str. N50

    18

    Telavi

    Telavi, Davitashvili str. N2

    19

    Rustavi

    Rustavi, Pirosmani str. N19

    20

    Gardabani

    Gardabani, Aghmashenebeli str. N36

    21

    Marneuli

    Marneuli, Rustaveli str. N69

    22

    Bolnisi

    Bolnisi, Aghmashenebeli str. N68

    23

    Dmanisi

    Dmanisi, Saint Nino str. N39

    24

    Tsalka

    Tsalka, Aristotele str. N17

    25

    Tetritskaro

    Tetritskaro, King tamar str. N35

    26

    Tianeti

    Tianeti, Rustaveli str. N54

    27

    Dusheti

    Dusheti, M. Kostava N23

    28

    Mtskheta

    Mtskheta, Aghmashenebeli str. N51

    29

    Kazbegi

    Kazbegi, Aghmashenebeli str. N9

    30

    Gori

    Gori, Sameba str. N1

    31

    Kaspi

    Kaspi, Kostava str. N16

    32

    Kareli

    Kareli, King tamar str. N24

    33

    Khashuri

    Khashuri, Kostava str. N7

    34

    Borjomi

    Borjomi, Saint Nino str. N11

    35

    Akhaltsikhe

    Akhaltsikhe, Rustaveli str. N45

    36

    Adigeni

    Adigeni,  Balakhashvili str. N19

    37

    Aspindza

    Aspindza, Erekle II str. N6

    38

    akhalkalaki

    akhalkalaki, Javakhishvili str. N2

    39

    Ninotsminda

    Ninotsminda, Freedom str. N23

    40

    Oni

    Oni, Kafianidze str. N90

    41

    Ambrolauri

    Ambrolauri, Aghmashenebeli str. N18

    42

    Tsageri

    Tsageri, Rustaveli str. N41

    43

    Lentekhi

    Lentekhi, King tamar str. N31

    44

    Kutaisi

    Kutaisi, Chavchavadze str. N31

    45

    Kharagauli

    Kharagauli, April 9 str. N46

    46

    Sachkhere

    Sachkhere, Machavariani str. N41

    47

    Tkibuli

    Tkibuli, Tabukashvili str. N8

    48

    Terjola

    Terjola, Rustaveli str. N117

    49

    Zestafoni

    Zestafoni, Tsereteli str. N5

    50

    Baghdati

    Baghdati, Saakadze str. N5

    51

    Vani

    Vani, Tavdadebuli str. N63

    52

    Khoni

    Khoni, Kakabadze str. N2

    53

    Samtredia

    Samtredia, Republic str. N6

    54

    Chiatura

    Chiatura, Ninoshvili str. N5ა

    55

    Tskhaltubo

    Tskhaltubo, Al. Kazbegi str. N2ა

    56

    Ozurgeti

    Ozurgeti, Dolidze str. N1

    57

    Lanchkhuti

    Lanchkhuti, Zhordania str. N76

    58

    Chokhatauri

    Chokhatauri, Dumbadze str. N35

    59

    Zugdidi

    Zugdidi, Kostava str. N58

    60

    Mestia

    Mestia, King Tamar str. N14

    61

    Abasha

    Abasha, Jorjikia str.

    62

    Martvili

    Martvili, Gamsakhurdia str. N4

    63

    Senaki

    Senaki, Rustaveli str. N223

    64

    Khobi

    Khobi,  Tsotne dadiani str. N185

    45

    Tsalenjikha

    Tsalenjikha, Salia str. N3

    66

    Chkhorotskhu

    Chkhorotskhu, Kostava str. N22

    67

    Poti

    Poti, 26 May str. N7

    68

    Keda

    Keda, Tsereteli str. N2

    69

    Shuakhevi

    Shuakhevi,  Khimshiashvili str. N2

    70

    Khelvachauri

    Batumi, Tao str. N1

    71

    Kobuleti

    Kobuleti, M. Abashidze N10

    72

    Batumi

    Batumi, Demetre Tavdadebuli str. N27

    73

    Khulo

    Khulo, Tbel Abuseridze str. N9

     
    For additional information contact us at: 2 51 00 51 also 2 61 21 11

     

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  • Training of Trainers of “Electoral Development School”

    Training of Trainers of “Electoral Development School”

    12 July, 2017

    Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia conducted training of trainers (ToT) of “Electoral Development School”. Special training course was held for 48 trainers during 5 days; after the ToT they will be able to conduct the learning course for “Electoral Development School”.

    Tamar Zhvania CEC Chairperson, Giorgi Sharabidze CEC Deputy Chairperson, Giorgi Javakhishvili CEC Secretary, Tamaz Sharmanashvili Advisor to the CEC Chairperson made opening remarks before starting the training.

    ToT was conducted for the members of District Election Commissions (DEC) and the trainers of Election Administration (EA). The training was implemented by the representatives of the CEC Training Center. The trainers discussed important topics including: election systems, election administration, democratic electoral principles, elective bodies in Georgia, electoral stakeholders, transparency and accessibility of elections, gender equality and elections of European Parliament.

    This year, the electoral development schools’ project will be implemented in 23 municipalities (Gurjaani, Sighnaghi, Telavi, Akhmeta, Rustavi, Gardabani, Marneuli, Dusheti, Gori, Akhalgori (Tserovani, IDPs settlement), Borjomi, Akhaltsikhe, Ambrolauri, Sachkhere, Zestaphoni, Kutaisi, Samtredia, Ozurgeti, Senaki, Zugdidi, Poti, Batumi and Kobuleti). The project aims at promoting elections through increasing civic participation and promoting elections among youth.

    “Electoral Development School” is being implemented by the financial support of the Council of Europe. The CEC, for the second time, received direct grant from the CoE that will be used in the implementation of the project. The project is being conducted by the CEC and its Training Center in cooperation with International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

    ToT was conducted during June 8-12.

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  • Information Statement on Registration of Political Parties, Initiative Groups and Observer Organizations

    Information Statement on Registration of Political Parties, Initiative Groups and Observer Organizations

    7 July, 2017

    Municipal Elections of Georgia will be held in October 2017. Considering the public interest, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia reminds all electoral stakeholders regarding the procedures necessary for participation in elections.

    Political parties willing to participate in elections are required to complete the relevant registration procedures defined by the Georgian Election Code, in particular:

    Political party which was registered during 2016 Parliamentary Elections (participated independently or was included in election bloc) or/and has a representative in the Parliament of Georgia, applies to the CEC Chairperson with an appropriate statement to obtain the right to run in elections after the Municipal Elections are called, but no later than the 57th day before the E-day. 

    Political party, which has not a representative in the Parliament of Georgia or was not registered for the 2016 Parliamentary Elections, shall apply to the CEC with a statement until July 15, and within 60 days after receiving the sample form of the list of supporting voters, but no later than August 1, qualified political party shall submit to the CEC a list of at least 1 000 voters; but other parties - a list of at least 25 000 voters.

    In order to nominate the candidate for Municipality Mayor/Sakrebulo Majoritarian Membership, initiative group of voters applies to the Chairperson of relevant election commission after calling the Municipal Elections, but no later than the 57th day before the E-day. Representative of initiative group shall submit the list of supporting voters (number of signatures of supporters is defined by the CEC ordinance on the day of calling the elections) to the relevant election commission no later than 50th day for the E-day.

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    In order to observe the elections, registration process launches after the appointment of elections and official announcement of the Election Day.

    To obtain the right to observe the elections, local observer organization shall apply to the Election Administration no later than the 10th day before the E-day and international observer organization is entitled to apply no later than the 7th day before the E-day. Local observer organization willing to monitor the elections shall be registered according to the relevant rule no later than one year before the polling day and its constituent document shall consider monitoring elections or/and the protecting of human rights.

    Election Administration of Georgia addresses all electoral stakeholders to consider the procedures defined by the election legislation.

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