World Down Syndrome Day21 March, 2017
Representatives of the Election Administration (EA) joined the events related to World Down Syndrome Day. Ana Mikeladze, Adviser to the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia took part in the conference “my voice in society”.
For the first time, within the framework of the conference, persons with down syndrome made presentations on various problems and talked about the challenges they face on a daily basis. Representatives of government and civil sector were present at the event.
At the same day, the CEC apparatus staff along with Ana Mikeladze visited a social enterprise “Babale” and had a chance to get familiar with the artworks created by the persons with down syndrome.
The World Down Syndrome Day for the sixth time was celebrated in Georgia from March 15 to March 21. The event was organized by "the Down Syndrome Association of Georgia" and the union - "Our Children".
Certification of Election Administration Officials has launched21 March, 2017
On March 21, certification exams of election administration officials were launched. The one hour exams are being conducted through the electronic testing method. 30 tests are randomly selected for each examinee. In order to obtain positive assessment, the examinees shall earn 24 points. In case of successful completion of the exam the certificate is issued in place.
The examination process is being managed by the Center for Electoral Systems Development, Reforms and Trainings (the CEC Training Center).
2768 applicants (1923 women and 845 men) are registered for the examination, which will be completed on April 19.
Two non-governmental organizations observe the examination process, three observers from “Public Defender” and two observers from “International Center for Democratic Initiatives”.
Exams are being conducted at the CEC premises: 13th Km. Aghmashenebeli Alley, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Working Meetings with District Election Commissions17 March, 2017
Today, working meetings were held with the District Election Commissions (DEC) at the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia.
The CEC Chairperson, Tamar Zhvania, talked with the participants of the meeting about the new projects which cover the topics related to the awarenss raising among voters, strengthening the cooperation with the stakeholders, services offered by the Election administration (EA) and other important issues.
Officials of the CEC and its Training Center along with the representatives of DECs from Tbilisi, Mtskheta-mtianeti, Kakheti, Shida Kartli, Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-javakheti attended the meeting.
The CEC will conduct the working meeting with all the DECs.
Meeting on Ethnic Minorities Issues17 March, 2017
Today, the meeting of working group on ethnic minorities issues along with its new members was held at the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia. Chairperson of the CEC was present during the working meeting held at the CEC premises. Tamar Zhvania introduced meeting participants with the activities carried out by the commission to ensure ethnic minorities inclusion in the election process. Giorgi Sharabidze, the CEC Deputy Chairperson, shared the future plans and main priorities with the attendees.
Natia Zaalishvili, Director of the CEC Training Center talked about the implemented education projects as well as future activities to facilitate inclusion of ethnic minority voters in the process. Sophio Sitchinava, head of working meeting provided detailed information to the participants on the activities carried out to raise awareness among ethnic minority voters.
The participants of the meeting positively assessed the initiatives and activities carried out by the CEC, after which they presented their recommendations. Working group operates since 2012 and its goal is to create an equal electoral environment for ethnic minority voters.
This year the group has expanded and includes representatives of the CEC and District Election Commissions (DEC), the CEC Training Center, the Public Defender’s Office, international and local non-governmental organizations.
Meeting on the Issues Related to the Persons with Disabilities16 March, 2017
Today, the meeting of standing working group on the issues of persons with disabilities (PWD) along with its new members was held at the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia.
Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson made opening remarks at the meeting held in the extended format and talked about the implemented activities in this direction as well as planned activities.
“I would like to thank each of you who worked along with me and share that all the achievements we have, these are our common achievements. Regardless of the international recognition, we understand that we do have gaps. With your support, we have made many positive steps and such meetings present the platform where we can further discuss what should be our next step, how best we can facilitate the issue of the inclusion of PWDs and improve the environment which should not pose a problem for their participation and involvement in the process”-Tamar Zhvania noted at the meeting.
Sophio Sitchinava, head of working meeting provided detailed information to the participants on the existing co-operation with state agencies about adapting election precincts. Natia Zaalishvili, Director of the CEC Training Center talked about the implemented education projects for PWDs and future activities as well.
The working group operates since 2012 and its goal is to create an equal electoral environment for voters with disabilities.
The working group is composed of the heads of the CEC Structural Units, Director of CEC Training Center, Chairs of DECs, Deputy Chair of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the Public Defender’s Office, the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, the Office of the Personal Data Protection Inspector, the representatives of Public Broadcasting as well as representatives up to 20 non-governmental organizations which work on the issues of people with disabilities.