Doors Open Day at the CEC for the Students of Grigol Robakidze University25 April, 2017
The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia hosted the Law School students of Grigol Robakidze University. The CEC Chairperson, Tamar Zhvania met the students and talked about the activities of the Election Administration as well as the CEC services suggested to voters and 2017 Municipal Elections.
Within the framework of the law course, Archil Anasashvili, Head of the CEC Legal Department, delivered the lecture for the students and discussed the electoral processes.
Deputy Director of the CEC Training Center and Head of the CEC Coordination, Planning and Reporting Department also presented information about the activities of their units.
At the CEC, the students also visited photo exhibition about the history of elections. The permanent exhibition at the CEC includes unique materials about the history of Georgian election and depicts the period between 1918-2008 years.
The event was organized within the framework of the memorandum signed between the CEC Training Center and 21 Universities of Georgia.
Working Meetings with District Election Commissions24 April, 2017
The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia held working meetings with representatives of the District Election Commissions (DECs) of west Georgia. The main theme of the three-day discussions was the new project of the election administration (EA) “talking to voters".
Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson talked about the importance of the project and its objectives with the representatives of Samegrelo, Svaneti, Adjara, Guria, Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi DECs. The new project aims to raise awareness of voters on 2017 elections during the field meetings and serves to create closer communication between DECs and voters.
The head of the CEC Coordination, Planning and Reporting Department, head of Public Relations Division and head of Training Programs’ Division of the CEC Training Center discussed the details of the project implementation as well as future activities with the participants.
During the meeting, gender issues in the election context were discussed. Zurab Khrikadze, CEC member and chair of the council working on gender equality issues established at the CEC introduced participants with the gender equality policy of the EA.
As for invited expert from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Ms. Nana Berekashvili, she discussed “gender and elections” with the meeting participants.
Working meetings of April 19-21, were held with the support of IFES.
Certification Exams of Election Administration Officials are Completed19 April, 2017
On April 19, 2017, certification exams of Election Administration (EA) Officials conducted through Electronic Testing Method are finalized.
Out of 2768 registered applicants for the certification exam, 940 participants appeared on the exam day.
251 applicants successfully passed the certification exam and were awarded with the certificates on spot.
Successfully passed the exam:
- Woman - 176
- Man - 75
Visit in South Korea19 April, 2017
The representatives of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia, Valerian Maisuradze, head of Internal Audit Service and the specialist of the same department, Irakli Kakhniashvili, participated in the training program held in Incheon, South Korea, on April 4- 14.
The training program, aiming the enhancement and development of the existed possibilities related to the voting and counting procedures, was organized by the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB). 20 representatives of 10 Election Management Bodies shared their own experiences and best practices among each other; discussed innovative projects, including voting and counting opportunities via electronic technologies. The CEC delegates talked about Georgian Election Administration experiences and Election Processes Management System.
In the frames of the visit, the CEC representatives participated in the meeting held at the National Election Commission of South Korea.
Presentation of Edition “First Universal Democratic Elections in Independent Georgia”12 April, 2017
The presentation of edition “First Universal Democratic Elections in Independent Georgia” was held at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. The edition is dedicated to the first democratic elections in Georgia that reflect the information and documentary materials on 1919 Constituent Assembly elections. Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia, Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Vice-rector of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and Jérôme Leyraud, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Chief of Party, Georgia made opening remarks at the event. The event was attended by students and professors, as well as political parties, local and international non-governmental organizations, state institutions and the media representatives.
“This very important edition represents democratic values that emerged during 1919 elections; many countries lacked the history of holding such unique and democratic elections in those years. This edition gives us an opportunity to think about the stage of development we were at that time, think about the era of stagnation during Soviet time and the current processes in the light of the importance of the history that we possess; to pass our experience to the next generation and promote electoral processes “– Tamar Zhvania said to journalists. The edition is dedicated to 1919 Constituent Assembly elections of the Democratic Republic of Georgia which were held on February 14-16, 1919.
The publication contains materials of the Constituent Assembly of the Central Parliamentary Election Commission, the Commission's activities, documents and statements on participating in the elections election subjects, the campaign materials and the election results.
1919 elections were notable by a high degree of universal enfranchisement – Georgian election legislation granted the franchise to each citizen at age 20 and above, regardless of gender and origins. In these elections, five women were elected to the Constituent Assembly, at a time when in the majority of countries women were not granted the right to vote. In addition to women’s participation in the elections in Georgia, voting as well as the right to contest in the elections was extended to representatives of ethnic minorities residing in Georgia. Overall, 15 election subjects took part in the elections.
"We have launched a thorough research of archives, newspapers, as well as clarifying the materials and as a result, we nearly provided at least a single document related to every political subject in this publication. The information presented in the publication sheds light on the then CEC, election subjects and the outcome of the election campaigns. In total, more than 80 documents were retrieved. And what is the most valuable and interesting about it, the democracy of elections; in terms of gender, it was one of the most advanced elections at a time in the world,” – Irakli Iremadze, the author noted.
The edition is published in cooperation with the Central Election Commission and the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and by the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).
Working Meeting on the Adaptation of the Polling Stations11 April, 2017
The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia held the working meeting on the adaptation of polling stations. The increase in the number of adapted polling stations for 2017 Municipal Elections as well as advance of the existing infrastructure comprises one of the priorities of the Election Administration (EA); to this end, the EA in cooperation with the other state institutions plans to hold joint activities to boost the number of adapted polling stations for the Municipal Elections. At the meeting held today, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia and the representatives of City Hall and the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia were present as well as Giorgi Sharabidze the CEC Deputy Chairperson who stressed on the necessity to learn the existing infrastructure that would enable defining a future strategy. At the same meeting, parties established a format of cooperation in terms of the activities set forth for adapting polling stations to be more effective and proactive.
The standing working group on the issues of persons with disabilities (PWD) operates since 2012 and its goal is to create an equal electoral environment for voters with disabilities. Sophio Sitchinava, the head of the Coordination, Planning and Reporting Department chairs the working group.