Working Meeting on Election Security Issues26 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.
Meeting with the Pre-election Observation Mission of the National Democratic Institute20 July, 2017Officials 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.
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.
Application forms will be submitted at the following addresses of DECs
Tbilisi, Shio Mgvimeli str. №1
Tbilisi, Vaja – Fshavela str. №32
Tbilisi, Vaja – Fshavela str. №32
Tbilisi, Krtsanisi str. №8
Tbilisi, Kakheti Lane str. №2
Tbilisi, Third Array, Kaloubani str. №18
Tbilisi, Javakhishvili str. №51
Tbilisi, Aghmashenebeli avenue. №140a
Tbilisi, SarajiSvili str. №1
Tbilisi, Mukhiani 3rd m/r, block. 23
Sagarejo, Aghmashenebeli str. N15
Gurjaani, Rustaveli str. N18
Signagi, Aghmashenebeli str. N13
Dedoflistskaro, Rustaveli str. N29
Lagodekhi, Zakatala str. N44
Kvareli, Chavchavadze str. N34
Akhmeta, B. Cholokhashvili str. N50
Telavi, Davitashvili str. N2
Rustavi, Pirosmani str. N19
Gardabani, Aghmashenebeli str. N36
Marneuli, Rustaveli str. N69
Bolnisi, Aghmashenebeli str. N68
Dmanisi, Saint Nino str. N39
Tsalka, Aristotele str. N17
Tetritskaro, King tamar str. N35
Tianeti, Rustaveli str. N54
Dusheti, M. Kostava N23
Mtskheta, Aghmashenebeli str. N51
Kazbegi, Aghmashenebeli str. N9
Gori, Sameba str. N1
Kaspi, Kostava str. N16
Kareli, King tamar str. N24
Khashuri, Kostava str. N7
Borjomi, Saint Nino str. N11
Akhaltsikhe, Rustaveli str. N45
Adigeni, Balakhashvili str. N19
Aspindza, Erekle II str. N6
akhalkalaki, Javakhishvili str. N2
Ninotsminda, Freedom str. N23
Oni, Kafianidze str. N90
Ambrolauri, Aghmashenebeli str. N18
Tsageri, Rustaveli str. N41
Lentekhi, King tamar str. N31
Kutaisi, Chavchavadze str. N31
Kharagauli, April 9 str. N46
Sachkhere, Machavariani str. N41
Tkibuli, Tabukashvili str. N8
Terjola, Rustaveli str. N117
Zestafoni, Tsereteli str. N5
Baghdati, Saakadze str. N5
Vani, Tavdadebuli str. N63
Khoni, Kakabadze str. N2
Samtredia, Republic str. N6
Chiatura, Ninoshvili str. N5ა
Tskhaltubo, Al. Kazbegi str. N2ა
Ozurgeti, Dolidze str. N1
Lanchkhuti, Zhordania str. N76
Chokhatauri, Dumbadze str. N35
Zugdidi, Kostava str. N58
Mestia, King Tamar str. N14
Abasha, Jorjikia str.
Martvili, Gamsakhurdia str. N4
Senaki, Rustaveli str. N223
Khobi, Tsotne dadiani str. N185
Tsalenjikha, Salia str. N3
Chkhorotskhu, Kostava str. N22
Poti, 26 May str. N7
Keda, Tsereteli str. N2
Shuakhevi, Khimshiashvili str. N2
Batumi, Tao str. N1
Kobuleti, M. Abashidze N10
Batumi, Demetre Tavdadebuli str. N27
Khulo, Tbel Abuseridze str. N9
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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.
Information Statement on Registration of Political Parties, Initiative Groups and Observer Organizations7 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.