Information for voters being abroad regarding participation in October 28, 2018 Presidential Election22 September, 2018
Election Administration presented information to media on the rules of participation in elections for Georgian citizens being abroad.
As Ana Mikeladze, Spokesperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia announced at the news briefing, in order to participate in Presidential Election, Georgian citizens should be on Georgian consular registry, or they should be registered at the address abroad according to Georgian election legislation.
In case Georgian citizens being abroad are not on a Georgian consular registry, or they have not registration abroad, they should go through registration at a relevant diplomatic representation of Georgia or in a consular office until October 7, 2018. Registration with the consular office is free of charge. It is noteworthy, that the citizens may go through the mentioned procedures online, via the consular website – geoconsul.gov.ge.
“As for the election precincts established abroad – we would like to underline that the CEC on the basis of the information provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia plans to set up election precincts in approximately 40 countries. According to the election legislation, polling stations will be established abroad no later than September 28 and their addresses will be immediately accessible at the CEC official website. Since the Precinct Election Commissions launch operating, voters living abroad will have an opportunity to visit the PECs and go through electoral registration.
Georgian citizens being abroad may apply the CEC via online chat regarding any electoral issue and/or contact us at CEC Call Center: +995 32 2 51 00 51” – stated Ana Mikeladze.
Working Meeting for Judges on Electoral Issues22 September, 2018
Working meeting on electoral issues for judges discussing administrative cases of Common Courts is being conducted in Borjomi.
Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Vasil Roinishvili, Deputy Chairperson of Supreme Court, Giorgi Mikautadze, Secretary of High Council of Justice of Georgia and Keti Maisuradze, Chief of Party of International Foundation for Electoral Systems in Georgia (IFES) made opening remarks at the meeting.
Updates of election legislation, administrative resources and the use of personal social means for pre-election campaign, practical issues of electoral dispute resolution at court and international experience in this regard are the main topics discussed by the participants along with the judges of Tbilisi Court of Appeals, Head of the CEC Legal Department and IFES Political Process and Election Law Officer.
“Today, a very important meeting is being conducted. All judges of Common Courts discussing the electoral issues and electoral disputes, attend the meeting. The importance of the working meeting is determined by the fact that, uniform discussion and all electoral issues in terms of the effectiveness of the disputes are considered in the context of the legislative amendments in accordance with the forthcoming Presidential Election. I would like to express my gratitude to the High Council of Justice of Georgia and the Supreme Court of Georgia for the cooperation with the CEC of Georgia and conducted support; also, our supporter donor organizations and partner, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and USAID for the financial support” - noted Tamar Zhvania with media.
As Giorgi Mikautadze, the Secretary of High Council of Justice, stated to the media, sharing experience already has become a tradition and discussing legislative amendments and other significant issues implemented for the pre-election period is extremely valuable in order to ensure the smooth conduct of the process. “I would like to declare that, electoral disputes are discussed in a very limited terms, that is why, concentrated electoral system has a significant meaning in order to avoid any inaccuracies in this process” - announced Giorgi Mikautadze.
Due to the statement of Vasil Roinishvili, Deputy Chairperson of the Supreme Court, the similar meetings, promote the perfect implementation of normal functioning activities and the constant awareness of judges regarding the legislative amendments have a crucial meaning.
The working meeting is conducted by the CEC of Georgia in cooperation with the Supreme Court, with the involvement of High Council of Justice and co-financing and support of IFES. A two-day meeting will be held in Borjomi on September 22-23.
Informational Meeting with NGOs21 September, 2018
On September 21, 2018, an informational meeting was held with the representatives of 16 NGOs, funded by the Training Centre at the decision of the Competition Committee under the Grant Competition announced on July 17, 2018.
The Training Center representatives briefed the NGO and project leaders about the issues related to the implementation of the grant projects including presentation of interim and final reports of the grant project and the monitoring process according to the "Rule of Grants' Issue".
The meeting was held in a question answer mode.
Media and Communication Training21 September, 2018
Media and communication training was held for senior officials of District Election Commissions (DEC). Giorgi Sharabidze Deputy Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia and Keti Maisuradze Chief of Party of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) opened the training course. Giorgi Sharabidze talked about the skills with participants that civil servants may need for effective communication with media.
Training course included theoretical and practical components. Keti Maisuradze, IFES Chief of Party conducted the training. Ms Maisuradze spoke in detail about the TV interview and effective public speech. Participants familiarized with rights of representatives of the media.
On September 20, media and communication training was held in cooperation with the IFES at the CEC.
Meeting with NDI Long-Term Analysts20 September, 2018
The meeting with National Democratic Institute (NDI) long-term analysts was conducted at the Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC).
The main topic of the meeting was ongoing electoral issues. Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson delivered information to the meeting participants on the preparation process for the upcoming Presidential Election. Ms. Zhvania aslo talked about the implemented and ongoing activities of the Election Administration (EA).
NDI long-term analysts launched the mission on September 17. They will monitor electoral processes in Tbilisi, as well as in the regions.
Informational Statement on Registration Process of Candidates for Presidential Election of Georgia20 September, 2018As of now, 19 candidates are registered for October 28, 2018, Presidential Election of Georgia. In total, 46 applications were submitted in the name of Chairperson of Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia requesting registering presidential candidates, including 20 applications from political parties and 26 applications from initiative groups. One initiative group (did not correct error in electoral documentation) and one political party (was not registered by the Ministry of Justice of Georgia) were rejected to participate in election and nominate candidate.25 election subjects submitted the list of supporters, namely 19 political parties and six initiative groups.19 initiative groups did not present the list of supporters; according to the legislation, candidates nominated by them were rejected to be registered and then the registration of initiative group was also annulled.At present, registration procedure for six subjects is being carried out at the CEC.The deadline for registration of presidential candidate by CEC Chairperson is September 28.
The Delegation of Pre-electoral Mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe at CEC19 September, 2018
The meeting was held with representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Ad Hoc Committee pre-electoral mission for the observation of the presidential election at the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia.
The delegation led by Andrej Hunko Euro parliamentarian was briefed by CEC Chairperson on the preparatory process for Presidential Election of Georgia. The parties discussed the pre-election environment and ongoing electoral issues.
Representatives of Pace Ad Hoc Committee pre-electoral mission for the observation of the presidential election in Georgia arrived in Georgia on October 18. The working visit will end on September 21.
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) Observation Mission at CEC19 September, 2018
The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia hosted representatives of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) Observation Mission.
The delegation led by Geert-Hinrich Ahrens was informed by CEC Chairperson on the preparatory process for Presidential Election of Georgia. Tamar Zhvania briefed the delegation how the Election Administration (EA) took into account the OSCE/ODIHR recommendations. Participants of the meeting discussed pre-election environment in Georgia. At the end of the meeting, members of the delegation familiarized with verification process of the list of supporters submitted by presidential candidates
Under the OSCE/ODIHR mission mandate, up to 400 international observers will monitor presidential election, including 28 long-term observers and 350 short-term observers.
Meeting with Lamberto Zannier, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities18 September, 2018
Today, the meeting with Lamberto Zannier, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities was held at the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia. At the meeting the current situation in Georgia in terms of protection of voter’s rights of national minorities was discussed. Tamar Zhvania, CEC Chairperson, provided detailed information to the OSCE High Commissioner and other representatives of the delegation regarding the activities carried out by the Election Administration (EA) in terms of ensuring inclusive election environment for national minorities.
How is the voters’ information campaign for the ethnic minority representatives is being carried out, which educational programs are implemented in the regions densely populated with ethnic minorities, how the access to the election documentation for the representatives of ethnic minorities of Precinct Election Commissions (PEC) are provided, what is implemented for ethnic minority representatives on the polling day at the PEC – the work of the CEC was evaluated positively by the OSCE High Commissioner after receiving the information on these mentioned and other activities carried out by the CEC.
It should be noted, that Lamberto Zannier, as OSCE High Commissioner visited Georgia for the first time. The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities will leave Georgia on September 21.