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  • Tamar Zhvania delivered a speech at Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit

    Tamar Zhvania delivered a speech at Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit

    19 July, 2018

    Chairperson of Central Election Commission delivered a speech at 5th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit. Tamar Zhvania talked about the services carried out by the CEC in order to improve transparency of the electoral process and increase the trust of the voters.

    At the session “Spotlight on Reformers and Tools: Delivering Public Services, Impact through Open Government”, CEC Chairperson emphasized the transparency of election lists and those innovative services that are being offered by Election Administration (EA) to voters for verifying their own data.

    Tamar Zhvania also spoke about the large-scale information campaign organized for promotion and use of these services and stressed the importance of using modern technologies in this process. In her speech, she emphasized the significance of openness of processes and data, including the availability of election results. As Tamar Zhvania noted at the session, the activities carried out by the EA facilitated the involvement of both the voters and electoral stakeholders and therefore the growth of confidence.

    This year, OGP Global Summit will focus on civic engagement, fighting against corruption, and public service delivery. The objectives of the Summit are to promote peer learning, implementation of planned strategies, promotion of transparency of the institutions, fight against corruption and the development of new technologies.

    Among the participants of the 5th, OGP Global Summit were government officials, ministers, MPs, local and international organizations as well as representatives of scientific circles and media. It should be noted that for the first time Georgia is hosting this summit.

    The Open Government Partnership (OGP) was founded in 2011. Eight founding countries (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States) adopted a declaration and developed a joint action plan. Georgia joined OGP in 2011. In 2016 Georgia became co-chairperson of the Partnership and in 2017 already a chairperson.

    In the past years, the chairperson of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) was France, United Kingdom, USA, and Mexico. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) unites 75 countries.

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  • Meeting with Swiss Ambassador to Georgia

    Meeting with Swiss Ambassador to Georgia

    19 July, 2018

    Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of Central Election Commission met with H.E. Lukas Beglinger, Swiss Ambassador to Georgia. Both parties discussed the electoral environment and preparation period for 2018 Presidential Elections. Tamar Zhvania informed diplomat about legislative amendments and those educational projects that are being carried out by Election Administration for informing and raising awareness of voters.

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  •  ''Electoral Development School'' opened in Tbilisi and 23 municipalities

    ''Electoral Development School'' opened in Tbilisi and 23 municipalities

    16 July, 2018

    “Electoral Development School” was opened simultaneously in Tbilisi and 23 municipalities across Georgia. Tamar Zhvania opened the training course at the Training Centre of Central Election Commission (CEC).

    The CEC chairperson spoke about the importance of teaching and emphasized youth’s involvement in the election process in future – “it is highly important that this year, for the first time, schools in Tbilisi are also participating and in total more than 600 youngsters will undertake the intensive course on key election issues. We would like our graduates to actively participate in election processes during the presidential elections as well as in the future. Youth activity and their engagement in electoral processes is a critically important process for the development of our country”, noted Tamar Zhvania. Giorgi Sharabidze, Deputy Chairperson stressed the importance of the teaching with participants of the course.

    Young people aged 18-24 will be trained from July 16 to July 27 and will receive information about important issues such as electoral systems, election administration, 1919 elections of the constituent assembly, democratic election principles, elective bodies in Georgia, electoral stakeholders, transparency of elections, accessibility, and gender equality.

    The aim of the project is citizen engagement and promotion of elections among youth. “Electoral Development School” is also aimed at enlarging and encompassing the whole Georgia enabling the election administration representatives to share their professional experience with more young people.

    Due to the successful implementation of the project in 2015-2017, the number of schools has increased. Training course will take place in Tbilisi and 23 municipalities (Gurjaani, Signagi, Telavi, Akhmeta, Rustavi, Gardabani, Marneuli, Dusheti, Gori, Akhalgori (Tserovani, IDP settlement), Borjomi, Akhaltsikhe, Ambrolauri, Sachkhere, Zestaponi, Kutaisi, Samtredia, Ozurgeti, Senaki, Zugdidi, Poti, Batumi, Kobuleti).

    The project is implemented with the support of the Council of Europe (CoE) and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

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  • Gender Equality in Elections – what more can be done by EMBs

    Gender Equality in Elections – what more can be done by EMBs

    11 July, 2018

    A two-day conference on gender equality issues, initiated by the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia was held in Tbilisi, Georgia. Representatives of Election Management Bodies of Eastern Partnership Countries, as well as WEM International (Women in Electoral Management) co-founding EMBs, international organizations and local NGOs participated in the event.

    Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson, Cristian Urse, Head of Council of Europe Office in Georgia and Sophio Japaridze, Assistant to the Prime Minister of Georgia on Human Rights and Gender Equality Issues made welcoming remarks at the conference.

    The CEC Chairperson delivered a presentation on gender equality policy of the Election Administration and along with various important directions talked about those training and educational projects that are implemented by the Election Administration in terms of gender equality.

    Zurab Khrikadze, Commission Member and the Chair of the Gender Equality Council delivered a speech at the conference and highlighted statistics processed by the Election Administration in gender perspective. He discussed the issues of influence of the additional public funding for candidates defined to ensure gender balance on women representation.

    Representatives of the Council of Europe, UN Women, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD), International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and various EMBs delivered the presentations at the event.

    “Today, we discuss what more can be done by EMBs and speak on the best practices to increase women representation and protect gender equality in the electoral process as well as in public life. In recent years, positive dynamics exist, however it still does not respond to those international standards and goals that are related to the women’s political representation. Accordingly, the Election Administration actively implements the promoting events, processes data, introduces a number of innovations and educational programs to increase gender representativeness in electoral, as well as in public life”- stated Tamar Zhvania to journalists.

    Cristian Urse, Head of CoE Office in Georgia highlighted women’s effective participation to media. As he underlined, the discussion is related to those standards and legislative framework that ensure women engagement. “Though, besides the legislation, during the discussions we speak on maintaining those real and effective possibilities that ensure women’s equal participation in political party candidate lists and create various capacities for them especially by the Election Administration. I think that one of the positive points of the conference is the fact that we gather here the representatives from a number of countries in the region and this is always great opportunity to exchange experiences” – stated Cristian Urse. 

    The two-day conference, that aims at experience sharing on gender equality issues supports conduct the active discussions and debates.

    The event was organized on July 11-12, by the initiative of Election Administration of Georgia with the financial support of the Council of Europe. Countries and Organizations Participating in the Conference:

    Representatives of Election Management Bodies:

    Georgia, Latvia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine

    International Organizations:

    Council of Europe (CoE), Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD), International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI), OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), UN Women, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Women in Electoral Management (WEM International, the CEC is one of the co-founder of the organization), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Heinrich Boell Foundation.

    Local Non-Governmental Organizations:  

    Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA), Gender Equality Network, Women’s Information Center, Women’s Political Resource Center.

    Administration of Prime Minister of Georgia:

    Assistant to the Prime Minister of Georgia on Human Rights and Gender Equality

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  • Open Door Day at the CEC

    Open Door Day at the CEC

    6 July, 2018

    Open door day was held for the participants of the project of the organization - “Georgian-European Educational Center”. Giorgi Sharabidze, Deputy Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of Georgia talked about the importance of elections to the participants of the project. Ms. Sharabidze, delivered information to the youth on Election Administration educational projects and spoke on the innovative services the CEC suggests to the voters. Deputy Chairperson stressed out the inclusive electoral environment and utilization of modern technologies in the electoral process.

    Meeting participants visited the photo exhibition, which reflects the history of elections in Georgia. Mock elections were held for the young people. Representatives of the CEC Training Center provided the youth with detailed information on E-day procedures and voters’ rights.

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  • Training of Trainers of “Electoral Development School”

    Training of Trainers of “Electoral Development School”

    4 July, 2018

    Training of trainers (ToT) of the project “Electoral Development School” is being conducted at the Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC). Four-day learning course is being held for those District Election Commission (DEC) members, who will implement the learning course of the project.

    It is the fourth year, the Election Administration of Georgia implements the “Electoral Development School”. Within the frames of the project, youth will undergo training course for 10 days.

    Trainers are prepared for the above-mentioned course and discuss important topics including: gender equality, institutional arrangements of state, forms of democracy, referendum and plebiscite, legislative regulation of elections, European Parliament, models of Election Administration, electoral stakeholders, and history of elections in Georgia. Representatives of the CEC Training Center conduct ToT.

    It should be underlined, that this year, for the first time, an extensive part of the first Democratic Elections in Georgia was added to the learning course modules. Irakli Iremadze, Head of the Center of Georgian Democratic Republic of Tbilisi State University talks to the ToT participants about the 1919 Constituent Assembly Elections. 

    CEC Chairperson and Director of the CEC Training Center made opening remarks at the training. Tamar Zhvania talked about the importance of the learning course and highlighted those innovations the Election Administration suggests to the project participants.

    “Electoral Development School” will commence on July 16. The learning course will be implemented in Tbilisi and 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). Young people aged to 18-24 will be able to undergo learning course on electoral issues and receive relevant knowledge on the respective field. The project aims at promoting elections through increasing civic participation and promoting elections among youth.

    The project is being implemented by the support of the Council of Europe (CoE) and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). ToT was launched on July 3-6.

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