''Talk to Voters''25 May, 2017
Election Administration of Georgia continues to hold meetings in municipalities and villages throughout Georgia and delivers information to voters about the upcoming 2017 Municipal Elections. Giorgi Sarabidze Deputy Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of Georgia joined the District Election Commission of Kobuleti and met with the residents of village Gvara. Mr Sharabidze along with the DEC representatives and volunteers hold meeting with citizens and delivered information about the EA activities from improving services suggested to voters and the projects implemented for ensuring accessible electoral environment.
Implementation of the EA’s new initiative “Talk to Voters” was launched in April of the current year. Within the framework of the initiative representatives of the DECs along with the volunteers hold meetings with voters at the places of public gathering in municipalities and villages, distribute informational cards about the municipal elections, discuss their electoral rights and share their opinions. In addition, meetings are also conducted at the DECs, where any voter can receive even more comprehensive information about the election and electoral processes.
The Election Administration aims at raising voters’ awareness through this new initiative and ensure that voters are informed about their electoral rights, the activities for ensuring effective election processes and make sure that they may apply for assistance on election related issues to the relevant districts election commissions.
Working Meeting at the CEC24 May, 2017
Today, the workshop was held at the Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) where the issues on adapting the CEC official webpage for users with visual impairment was discussed. At the workshop, the participants identified new additional functions for the webpage that will simplify navigation for users with visual impairment.
Representatives of the Election Administration as well as the representatives of the CEC working group on persons with disabilities and web-studio “Artmedia” attended the workshop.
The CEC updated its official webpage in 2016 and launched a new user-friendly website in line with international standards, which is the first in Georgian internet space fully adapted for blind voters.
The Election Administration of Georgia constantly cares for improving its services, accordingly, during the consultations held within the framework of the workshops new features were defined which will make the website even more suitable to the needs of each user.
Registration of Individuals Willing to Take Certification Exam is Launched23 May, 2017
From June 20, 2017, certification exams of the Election Administration officers 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 officers.
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 May 30 through June 12, 2017, until 24:00, electronically, at the following address: http://registration.cec.gov.ge/
For electronic registration, the fields of the Electronic Application should be completed – 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 also insert telephone and e-mail in the contact information field.
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, May 30 through June 12, 2017, at the following address: 13th km., Davit Aghmashenebeli Ave. (from 10:00 to 18:00, except for weekend). A citizen of Georgia identification card or a citizen of Georgia passport should be presented at the Secretariat.
For additional information contact us at: 261 21 11 (17)
Publicity of the Certification Exam22 May, 2017
From June 20, 2017, certification exams for the election administration officers will be launched. 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 May 30 through June 12, 2017, at the address: 13th km. Davit Aghmashenebeli Ave. Tbilisi (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, on March 16, 2017, casting lots may be held in order to determine the sequence of the admission of observers into the exam hall.
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Meeting with Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening22 May, 2017
At today's meeting held at the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia the use of administrative resources during the election campaign was discussed. Informational meeting with the representatives of Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening focused on strengthening elections and political processes was held on their own initiative.
Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) created in partnership with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republic Institute, conducts a pilot research on the use of administrative resources. Within the scope of the research, they asked questions to the CEC concerning the situation in Georgia, namely on the use of administrative resources. The CEC Chairperson provided the participants with detailed information about the existing practice. Tamar Zhvania talked about a legislative framework in the country as well.
The CEC Deputy Chairperson, Adviser to the CEC Chairperson, Heads of Public Relations Department and Division of Relations with Courts and Election Disputes along with the Chairperson attended the meeting.
Talk to Voters26 April, 2017
“Talk to Voters” is a new initiative of the Election Administration (EA), which aims at holding meetings between District Election Commissions (DEC) and voters all over Georgia. Field meetings are being conducted in stages in each municipality; Representatives of DECs hold meetings with voters at the places of public gathering in municipalities and in villages. DEC representatives deliver information about the 2017 Municipal Elections and Election Administration to the voters, distribute informational cards about the municipal elections and discuss electoral rights with voters as well as share their opinions.
Opinions of citizens regarding electoral processes are essentially important for the EA and for improving the services suggested by the EA. Voters may fill out the special opinions’ cards upon their will and within its competence the EA will consider their suggestions in its activities.
During the field meetings DEC representatives also invite citizens to the public informational meetings, scheduled to be held in May at the District Election Commissions. At the meetings, citizens will have an opportunity to receive more detailed information about elections and activities of the Election administration; they will receive information on the activities implemented for ensuring accessible election environment, where voters have possibility to exercise civil duty.
“Even Closer” is a new slogan for the new initiative, which considers more direct and effective communication between the EA and voters, which represents one of the significant objectives of the project along with informing voters.
The field meetings organized by the Election Administration aim at raising awareness of voters about their electoral rights as well as about activities implemented for ensuring effective management of election processes. The project promotes voters’ confidence that they can always apply to the relevant District Election Commissions for assistance in election related issues.
Even Closer to Voters!