Registration of Individuals Willing to Take Certification Exam is Launched16 March, 2018
From April 10, 2018, certification exams of the Election Administration officials will be launched. The goal of certification is to determine the knowledge of electoral legislation and general skills of citizens of Georgia, in order to subsequently select highly qualified election administration officials.
The Center of Electoral Systems Development, Reforms and Training (the Training Center), LEPL will administer the certification exams.
Registration of those willing to take the exam will be performed from March 15 through March 28, 2018, until 24:00, electronically, at the following address: http://registration.cec.gov.ge/
Instructions for electronic registration:
- A person willing to take the exam fills the fields of the Electronic Application – personal number (according to a citizen of Georgia identification card or a citizen of Georgia passport) and last name;
- Next, the following fields of the electronic application – first name, date of birth, gender and address will be filled in automatically;
- It is desirable to indicate telephone number and e-mail in the contact information field;
- A person willing to take the exam may optionally confirm the field regarding issuance of personal data (based upon the confirmation, personal information (name, surname, date of birth, gender, address, phone number, e-mail) of those applicants who successfully pass the certification exam will be handed to the parties which go under election registration and to the local observing organizations registered at CEC, after issuing written request on getting this information);
- At the time of registration, applicants have an option to select the date and time of an exam preferable for them.
Immediately upon submitting a completed electronic application, an applicant will receive registration confirmation (by indicating date for appearing at an exam, time and place), electronically.
Certification exams will be held at the following address: Davit Aghmashenebeli alley, 13th km. (CEC building).
Applicants can also apply to the Training Center Certification Exam Secretariat, March 15 through June28, 2018, at the following address: 13th km., Davit Aghmashenebeli Ave. (from 10:00 to 18:00, except for weekend). Identification card or a passport of a citizen of Georgia should be presented to the Secretariat.
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On May 13, Zugdidi Municipality Sakrebuo By-elections will be held through majoritarian election system at №67.27 Tsaishi Community of №67 Zugdidi Election District14 March, 2018
The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia appointed October 21, Municipality By-elections. On May 13, elections will be held through majoritarian election system at №67.27 Tsaishi Community of №67 Zugdidi Election District.
On May 13, Sakrebulo By-elections will be conducted at three election precincts of Tsaishi Community, where 2 829 voters are registered in total.
Zugdidi District Election Commission will organize elections along with the CEC.
At today’s meeting, the CEC adopted the schedule of electoral activities, where activities and terms are prescribed in details.
The Commission also defined various electoral procedures for the electoral stakeholders, including for the initiative group of voters participating in elections and determined the minimum number of supporters’ signature necessary for the initiative groups to nominate the candidates.
At the same meeting, the commission announced a competition for the vacant position of Zugdidi DEC temporary membership. The CEC defined competition rules and terms for selecting the members of Precinct Election Commissions created for the Sakrebulo By-elections.
The rule on distributing and utilizing state funds allocated for the Sakrebulo By-elections was also defined at the Commission meeting.
By-elections at Tsaishi Community was appointed according to election legislation due to early termination of authority of Sakrebulo majoritarian member.
All legal acts adopted by the CEC today, are available at the CEC official webpage for electoral stakeholders.
All legal requirements, permission and prohibition related to the appointment of elections entered into force since today. Particularly, rules for carrying out the pre-election campaign (agitation) has been enacted, including the norms related to the prohibition to use budgetary funds, as well as use of office or official position. In addition, the registration process was launched for political parties and initiative groups, as well as registration of observer organizations and media accreditation. The Central Election Commission of Georgia calls upon all electoral stakeholders, international and local observer organizations and media to actively engage in election processes, wishes each of them success in their activities, and expresses its readiness to cooperate with them.
The Central Election Commission also reminds you, that on April 28, Parliamentary By-elections will be held at №54 majoritarian election district. Parliamentary By-elections were appointed due to early termination of authority of Member of Parliament.
Publicity of the Certification Exam14 March, 2018
From April 10, 2018, certification exams for the election administration officials will be launched.
The Center of Electoral Systems Development, Reforms and Training (the Training Center), LEPL will administer the certification exams.
To ensure publicity of the exam process, representatives of accredited local NGO and international organizations will be admitted as observers.
For accreditation, interested organizations should apply (the application form is available in Georgian) to the Training Center Certification Exam Secretariat from March 15 through March 28, 2018, at the address: 13th km. Davit Aghmashenebeli Ave. Tbilisi (CEC building) from 10:00 to 18:00, except for weekends.
No more than three observers will be admitted to an exam hall (just one observer from the same organization will be allowed to an exam hall, save the case when just a single organization undergoes accreditation). Depending on the number of accredited observers, casting lots may be held in order to determine the sequence of the admission of observers into the exam hall.
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Conference “The 2017 Municipal Elections: Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead”13 March, 2018
Today, a conference “the 2017 Municipal Elections: Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead” was conducted at “Tbilisi Marriott” Hotel.
Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Sharabidze, Deputy Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of Georgia, Mr. Cristian Urse, Head of Council of Europe (CoE) Office in Georgia and Mr. Thomas R. Morris Acting Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) made opening remarks at the conference.
The conference provided an opportunity for the meeting participants to discuss the lessons learned after the 2017 Municipal Elections and examine the progress in the election administration and discuss anticipated challenges ahead of the 2018 Presidential Elections.
Giorgi Sharabidze delivered presentation on “2017 Municipal Elections: Activities of the Election Administration – Lessons Learned and Future Plans”. The CEC Deputy Chairperson underlined, that the elections revealed a number of positive tendencies, as well as outlined the challenges that require complex approach and effort of all electoral stakeholders to overcome these shortcomings.
“Today’s meeting is very important for the Election Administration. We, along with the electoral stakeholders and representatives of international organizations discuss the progress and success, the Election Administration has achieved in the field of managing elections. We also talk about the anticipated challenges and discuss what can be done better. I hope, that discussion about these topics will continue in the future in order to ensure better-administered elections, which will be in compliance with international standards” – stated Giorgi Sharabidze.
Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia evaluated the 2017 Municipal Elections. According to Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze, improvement of electoral environment and electoral legislation should be the main subject of constant guidance.
“Election environment was fair and peaceful which was our main goal and the elections were administered in this very election environment. Another indication of it is that election results coincided with the social research results conducted by the neutral organizations, which suggests that the shortcomings revealed during the election process had no substantial impact on election results”- stated Mr. Kobakhidze.
At the meeting, representatives of international organizations underlined that the 2017 Municipal Elections were administered in a professional and transparent election environment. They drew attention to the importance of conducting similar meetings, which provide an opportunity to improve the electoral environment. As Mr. Cristian Urse, Head of Council of Europe Office in Georgia outlined, the conference is important since the topics discussed needs to be deepened afterward; “I hope that this issue will be reflected in the improvement of electoral legislation and election management”- stated Cristian Urse.
According to Mr. Jerome Leyraud, IFES Chief of Party, dialogue between the different electoral stakeholders is very important. “Beyond the conference, we should try to set up the working groups to discuss in detail some of the aspects of the electoral process, such as funding of political parties and abuse of administrative resources. The only way to overcome the shortcomings is working among electoral stakeholders. It is important for all electoral stakeholders to meet around the table in order to make the diagnosis and from the diagnosis try to find remedies.”
The conference was organized by the Council of Europe, under its Action Plan for Georgia 2016-2019, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) with the support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Similar post-election conferences are being organized following 2012 parliamentary elections.
Members of the Parliament of Georgia, representatives of political parties, international organizations, the CEC, media and civil society organizations participated in the conference.
Training for New Employees of the Electoral Administration13 March, 2018
On March 12, 2018, the Centre for Electoral Systems Development, Reforms, and Training resumed the implementation of the orientation program – Overview of Elections and General Training Course in Procedures. The training, implemented as part of continuous professional development of Electoral Administration employees pursuant to the Election Administration of Georgia 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, is directed at new employees and interns of the Electoral Administration (CEC apparatus, district election commissions).
The training included such topics as: the history of elections in Georgia, electoral cycle, electoral administration and the Code of Ethics, activities of district and precinct election commissions and polling day procedures.
New employees of District Election Commissions took the course. A total of 12 participants attended the training, including 5 men and 7 women.
Overview of Elections and General Training Course in Elections will be implemented in stages according to the Electoral Administration of Georgia 2018 Action Plan for.
International Working Meeting on Electoral Technologies5 March, 2018
On March 5, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia together with its Training Center hosted an international working meeting on electoral technologies. "Considering the possibilities of using electoral technologies in electoral process of Georgia" is a major topic of the meeting. International experts and representatives of vendor companies oriented on electoral technologies, state entities, political parties, international and domestic non-governmental organizations attended an event held in Hotel Courtyard by Marriott in Tbilisi.
Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson along with Cristian Urse, Head of Council of Europe (CoE) Office in Georgia, Matt Gokhool, Chief Executive of International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) and Natia Zaalishvili, Director of the CEC Training Center made opening remarks at the meeting. Tamar Zhvania talked about the services implemented by the Election Administration (EA) of Georgia using modern technologies and discussed current challenges of election processes on the necessity to improve the vote counting procedure. The CEC Chairperson stressed the importance of the introduction of international practice.
Invited international experts and representatives of vendor companies oriented on electoral technologies delivered presentations and demonstrated how modern technologies are used in practice. Jeffrey Karp, Professor of Political Science of Brunel University London along with participants discussed the role of electronic counting in the democratic process; Giorgi Sharabidze, Deputy Chairperson of the CEC introduced the participants with EA’s experience, including, technology projects for voter and stakeholder’s engagement as well as other relevant services carried out for improving the election processes.
During the working meeting, biometric registrations of voters, safe, transparent and financially affordable elections, electronic voting and vote counting procedures, data registration and counting by use of used technologies for improving vote counting process was also discussed.
As Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson shared with journalists, this is very important discussion and today, the Central Election Commission of Georgia suggests all electoral stakeholders, political parties, and civil society organizations to launch broad discussions on using modern electoral technologies. “We have discussed the electoral processes where the electoral technologies are used across the world and we should think about those electoral procedures where introducing the innovative technologies are possible. Similar working meetings, more information in this regard and existing international experience give us the possibility to discuss all opportunities to utilize electoral technologies for improving electoral processes” – announced Tamar Zhvania.
Participant international experts and vendor companies oriented on electoral technologies:
International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) (Great Britain), Brunel University London, vendor companies: Smartmatic (the Netherlands), Electoral Services International Inc. – ESI (Canada), Voatz (United States of America), Indra (Spain).
Modern Electoral Technologies were discussed at the meeting Held at the CEC3 March, 2018
Today, modern electoral technologies were the main topic of discussion conducted at the Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC). Allan Best, Managing Director of the non-governmental organization “The Delian Project – Canada” delivered a presentation on the electronic tabulation of votes to the meeting participants. Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson, Giorgi Sharabidze, Deputy Chairperson, Commission Members, representatives of the CEC and the Training Centre attended the meeting, where the advantages of the technology of electronic tabulation of votes and the ways simplifying e-day procedures were discussed. Allan Best talked about the use of the mentioned technologies in Canada and United States and the procedures how the machine tabulates the ballot papers.
The meeting participants also deliberated about the perspectives of introducing the above-mentioned technology in Georgia and the ways to support the improvement of the electoral processes by applying new technologies in general.
8th Annual Meeting of Election Management Bodies, 201828 February, 2018
The Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) hosts the 8th Annual Meeting of Election Management Bodies.
The main theme of the meeting is “Technologies and Innovations in Citizen’s Engagement”. Representatives of EMBs of various countries, international organizations and vendor companies oriented on electoral technologies participate in the event.
Today, Thea Tsulukiani, a Minister of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson, Niels Scott, the UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia, Matt Gokhool, Chief Executive of International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS), Jerome Leyraud, Chief of Party, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and Cristian Urse, Head of Office in Georgia, Council of Europe, made opening remarks at the meeting.
During two-day conference, adoption of new technologies and innovations in the election processes for ensuring voter engagement will be the major topic of discussion. Meeting participants will share their experience in this respect and discuss future plans.
Tamar Zhvania in her presentation emphasized citizen engagement in the election processes and the importance of use of new technologies in introducing new services in this regard. According to Ms Zhvania, two-day meeting will enable participants to find new ways for boosting citizen awareness and their active involvement in the election processes. This event serves as a perfect platform for EMBs and relevant organizations to share their experience and come up with important decisions.
In the framework of the meeting, Tamar Zhvania discussed the current practice involving use of modern technologies for voter and stakeholder’s engagement.
8th Annual Meeting of Election Management Bodies opened on February 28 and will finish on March 1. Representatives of 21 EMBs, 10 international organizations, US Embassy in Georgia and four vendor companies oriented on electoral technologies, amounting to 105 participants in total are present at the meeting. This year, for the first time, EMB representatives from Colombia, Tunisia, Ecuador and Bangladesh joined the annual meeting.
The Central Election Commission of Georgia organized the meeting in close cooperation and support with the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).
The meeting between the representatives of the EMBs is held annually; representatives of EMBs discuss exceedingly important topics and share good practices. Over the years, innovative services and effective electoral procedures, electoral integrity, inclusive elections, involvement of stakeholders and effective communications, electoral dispute resolution were discussed at the past annual meetings.
Countries participating in the meeting:
Bangladesh, Belarus, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Estonia, India, Jordan, Columbia, Kenya, Latvia, Mexico, Moldova, Pakistan, Romania, South Korea, Georgia, Armenia, Tunisia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan.
International Organizations participating in the meeting:
United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD), United Nations in Georgia (UN), The Delian Project - Canada, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), Council of Europe (CoE), International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS), International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI).
Vendor companies oriented on electoral technologies:
Indra (Spain), Laxton Group (China), Smartmatic (Netherklands), Voatz (USA).
On April 28, 2018 Parliamentary by-elections will be held26 February, 2018
On April 28, 2018 By-elections of the Parliament of Georgia will be held at N54 majoritarian election district. Ordinance on appointing the By-elections was adopted by the Central Election Commission of Georgia at its session conducted on February 26.
Today, news briefing was held at the CEC. Ana Mikeladze, the CEC Spokesperson delivered the information to the media on appointing the By-elections of the Parliament of Georgia of October 8, 2016 to be held through majoritarian election system at N54 majoritarian election district.
“On April 28, By-elections will be held at 60 election precincts, where 48 054 voters are registered in total. Parliamentary By-elections will be organized by CEC along with Vani main and Khoni subsidiary District Election Commissions. At today’s session, the Commission approved the schedule of electoral activities, which in details prescribe the election related terms and activities. The Commission also defined various electoral procedures for the electoral stakeholders, including for the initiative group of voters participating in elections and determined the minimum number of supporters’ signature necessary for nominating candidates by initiative groups”- stated Ana Mikeladze at the news briefing.
At the same meeting, competition has been announced for the vacant positions of Vani and Khoni DEC temporary membership. The CEC defined competition rules and terms for selecting the Precinct Election Commission members.
The CEC adopted decree on manual describing several election procedures to be implemented by main and subsidiary DECs for the upcoming By-elections.
“It should be noted that, following the successfully implemented pilot project during 2017 elections, election subjects will have a possibility to appoint the representatives for the April 28, By-elections through online program in line with the CEC decree” – stated Ana Mikeladze.
At the meeting, the rule on distributing and utilizing state funds allocated for the By-elections was also defined. All legal acts adopted by the CEC today, is available at the CEC official webpage for electoral stakeholders.
“All legal requirements, permission and prohibition related to the appointment of elections entered into force since today. Particularly, rules for carrying out the pre-election campaign (agitation) has been enacted, including the norms related to the prohibition to use budgetary funds, as well as use of office or official position. In addition, the registration process was launched for political parties and initiative groups, as well as registration of observer organizations and media accreditation. The Central Election Commission of Georgia calls upon all electoral stakeholders, international and local observer organizations and media to actively engage in election processes, wishes each of them success in their activities, and expresses its readiness to cooperate with them” – announced Ana Mikeladze.
Parliamentary By-elections were appointed according to the election legislation due to the early termination of authority to the majoritarian member of the Parliament of Georgia.