Preliminary Results of October 21, 2017 Municipal Elections22 October, 2017
Today, another news briefing was held at the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia. The CEC Spokesperson Ana Mikeladze informed media on preliminary election results as of October 22, 18:00.
As Ana Mikeladze stated, the majority of Precinct Election Commission (PEC) summary protocols for all three types of elections are counted and are available for all interested persons at the CEC website results.cec.gov.ge. All summary protocols of Tbilisi and four self-governing cities, as well as all summary protocols of proportional election system of Tbilisi are already counted. As for the election results for mayors of self-governing communities, and proportional and majoritarian election systems throughout Georgia, the vast majority of them are already counted.
“At this stage, the data of approximately 150 PEC summary protocols are left. The process of uploading summary protocols and verifying and précising their data is underway. We would like to remind you, that the District Election Commissions (DEC) shall complete final summarization of the results for municipal elections no later than November 1 (within 11 day term). After summarizing the elections, the CEC will appoint the second round elections in those districts, where mayoral candidates did not overcome 50% threshold. According to the legislation, November 15 is the deadline for conducting the second round elections” – stated Ana Mikeladze.
As the CEC Spokesperson announced, based on the preliminary data, the second round elections will be conducted in six majoritarian districts, however the final results will be available once the relevant procedures defined by the legislation are completed. These majoritarian election districts are: #29 Kazbegi, #35 Khashuri, #36 Borjomi, #60 Ozurgeti, #59 Kutaisi and #65 Martvili election districts.
As for the information about the complaints, in total 444 complaints submitted to the DECs currently. Complaints were filed by the representatives of local observer organizations and election subjects. The complaints mainly refer to the procedural shortcomings and certain part of the complaints were resolved at election precincts. Majority of the complaints submitted at the DECs request to impose disciplinary liabilities to commission members. A certain number of complaints are about procedural violations and require further study and relevant response.
CEC Chairperson Presented Preliminary Results to Media as of 11:00 am22 October, 2017
Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson presented preliminary results to the public on mayoral elections of self-governing cities/self-governing communities as of October 22 11:00 am.
As the chairperson stated during the news briefing, on October 21, voters cast their votes to elect 2058 members of 64 Sakrebulos and 64 Mayors. Voter turnout was 45,65% (1 570 563 voters). With reference to gender statistics, based on preliminary data, 789 652 women (50,28%) and 780 911 men (49,72%) participated in the polling.
“Vote counting process at election precincts was conducted in accordance with law. Representatives of electoral subjects and observers had an opportunity to freely observe vote counting process.
Once again, we would like to underline, that generally, elections were held in a peaceful environment and no specific incidents were observed, except certain procedural violations upon which the Election Administration will have the relevant response. It is worth underlining that the voters had the opportunity to express their free will.
Once the PEC summary protocols are drawn up, relevant district election commissions provide protocols to the CEC and upon receipt they are being uploaded on the special website www.results.cec.gov.ge.
As for the complaints, in total 309 complaints are submitted to the DECs (the majority of complaints were submitted to Marneuli, Vake, Nadzaladevi and Kutaisi). The complaints were filed by the representatives of local observer organizations and election subjects. Complaints basically refer to the procedural shortcomings and parts of them were resolved in place. Majority of the complaints submitted to the DECs refer to imposing disciplinary liability measures to the commission members, though there is a certain number of complaints regarding procedural violations and needs further examination and relevant response.
On E-day, the CEC was receiving information on various facts and majority of them were verified by the CEC. Some of the facts, announced by the political parties’ representatives were not confirmed in certain cases; however, some cases identified by the representatives of the non-governmental organizations appeared to be proved. Timely communication and information derived from their side took place and obviously, in some possible cases the CEC reacted promptly. Further reactions will be followed by the CEC on the cases worth of attention in the future.
I would like to express my gratitude to each voter for demonstrating civic responsibility to actively participate in the elections and for expressing their constitutional right. I am also thankful to the election administration for their determined work for whole Election Day and night, as well as electoral stakeholders, international and local observer organizations for monitoring election process and accordingly, supported the conduct of election process in a transparent and on a high professional way. I would also like to express my gratitude towards the media for covering election process and for the cooperation with election administration” – stated Tamar Zhvania.
The CEC Chairperson also informed media on election districts, where presumably, second round elections will take place based on preliminary results. The mentioned DEC’s are the following:
#29 Kazbegi election district, #35 Khashuri election district, #36 Borjomi election district, #60 Ozurgeti election district, #59 Kutaisi election district and #65 Martvili election district.
CEC Chairperson Presented Preliminary Results of Mayoral Elections of Self-governing Cities22 October, 2017
Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson presented preliminary results of October 21 mayoral elections of self-governing cities as of 03:30am – “I would like to announce preliminary results currently submitted to the CEC. The votes are being counted at the Precinct Election Commissions and the summary protocols are drawn up. Afterwards, the protocols are sent to the District Election Commissions, where the data are uploaded in the electronic system, from where the CEC immediately receives the protocols and then they are uploaded at the special website www.results.cec.gov.ge. Preliminary results are processed by our operators. I would like to underline, that the certain number of election precinct protocols are received, however, we do not have the full picture yet. Since there are three types of ballot papers at each election precinct, the counting process may require the certain time. Hereby, I would like to mention, that the protocols that reflect the existing results were immediately uploaded on the CEC official website upon their receipt and everyone had the opportunity to see each summary protocol.
I would like to present the preliminary results of mayoral elections in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, Rustavi and Poti. These preliminary results are counted according to certain election precincts and the data is the subject of change. The information will be updated accordingly. As for the mayoral elections held in self-governing communities, we will upload the preliminary data online according to municipalities. The information will be accessible for all electoral stakeholders. In several hours, data of proportional and majoritarian elections will be also available. The CEC continues uploading the received summary protocols on its official website and updating preliminary results” – stated CEC Chairperson.
Preliminary Results of Mayoral Elections of Self-governing Cities as of 03:30 am:
Polling is Over21 October, 2017
A news briefing on the close of polling was held at the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia. As the CEC Spokesperson, Ana Mikeladze stated, 45,65% of voters (1 569 992 voters) participated in elections by 20:00. Voter turnout in Tbilisi is 43.4%. At 08:00 pm, all election precincts were closed in accordance with legislation.
Ana Mikeladze compared the current data to the voter turnout of 2014 Municipal Elections. During 2014 elections, voter turnout as of 20:00 was 43.31%.
“Today, the CEC Call Center operates for 24 hours. The center has received 1 468 incoming calls and 134 text messages via online chat, starting from 07:00 am morning until 20:00 evening. Majority of them referred to the verification of voter’s data in list and specification of electoral procedures.
Elections at the polling stations were conducted in a peaceful environment in general and no specific incidents were observed, except certain procedural violations and the Election Administration will respond accordingly. It is worth underlining that the voters had the opportunity to express their free will.
At 20:00, after closing the polling, vote counting procedures have launched. Once the PEC summary protocols are drawn up, the District Election Commissions (DEC) will deliver the protocols to the CEC within the shortest possible time; as soon as the summary protocols are received, they will be gradually uploaded at the special website www.results.cec.gov.ge. We would like to remind you that the PECs shall count three types of ballot papers and draw up three summary protocols accordingly. Summary protocols are being uploaded to the CEC results summarizing center and operators enter the summary protocol data in the special program.
Hereby, we would like to remind you that any interested person may observe the process of summarizing the preliminary results at CEC via internet livestream. A 360-degree camera will be used to broadcast the process through Facebook, Youtube and CEC official website”- stated Ana Mikeladze.
The CEC Spokesperson delivered information on submitted complaints: in total 204 complaints are submitted to the DECs (the majority of complaints were submitted to Marneuli, Vake, Nadzaladevi and Kutaisi). The complaints were filed by the representatives of local observer organizations and election subjects. Complaints basically refer to the procedural shortcomings and part of them were resolved in place. Majority of the complaints refer to imposing disciplinary liability measures to the commission members, though there is a certain number of complaints regarding procedural violations and needs further examination and relevant response.
Ana Mikeladze also presented information to media on procedural shortcomings:
The following fact took place at #45 Chiatura election precinct: 16 voters were included in the list of mobile ballot box. Two members selected through casting lots enabled every voter to cast their votes, however they did not sign in the relevant section of the list. One of the observers has filed the complaint in this regard.
Three complaints have been submitted to Marneuli #31 election precinct. One of the complaints refer to the fact that secretary did not timely register the entry and exit of representatives in the polling day log book; the second complaint referred to the violation of inking procedure and the third complaint was about the agitation carried out by voters to the mentioned election precinct that was not confirmed.
One of the complaints submitted at #51 Marneuli election precinct was about the damage of the stamp of mobile ballot box, though the shortcoming was resolved at the place.
At #74 election precinct, the registrar did not request the ID card from the voter.
The similar case took place at #18 election precinct and the flashlight was not used for inking verification procedure. Also, the information was not confirmed at Isani #60 election precinct about hiding ballot papers and ballot papers were not lost at Saburtalo #86 election precinct.
Voter Turnout as of 17:0021 October, 2017
Election Administration presented information on voter turnout as of 17:00. By this time, voter turnout at all election precincts is 36.71% (1 262 809 voters). The highest voter turnout was observed in Racha-Lechkhumi - 53.4%, and the lowest voter turnout was observed in Shida Kartli - 31.5%. As of 17:00 voter turnout in Tbilisi is 34.7%.
At the CEC news briefing, Ana Mikeladze, the CEC Spokesperson compared the above mentioned data to the voter turnout of 2014 Municipal Elections. During 2014 elections voter turnout as of 17:00 was 34.64%.
“Several hours are left before closing the election precincts. We would like to remind you that polling process will be completed at 20:00. Accordingly the PECs will launch the vote counting procedures. We would like to once again call upon the voters actively participate in elections, since few hours are left before the end of polling” – stated Ana Mikeladze.
The CEC Spokesperson presented information to media on minor procedural shortcomings:
Particularly, cancellation of the votes of mobile ballot box at #46 Zugdidi election precinct has been requested; 35 signatures were identified, including the signatures of those voters who voted at the polling stations. The complaint is already submitted and the commission will make the relevant decision. The similar fact took place at #10 Tsalenjikha election precinct and the relevant District Election Commissions will respond according to the election legislation.
Voter Turnout as of 15:0021 October, 2017
The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia presented information on voter turnout as of 15:00. By this time voter turnout is 29.84% (1 026 430 voters).
As Ana Mikeladze, the CEC Spokesperson announced at the news briefing, the highest voter turnout was observed in Racha-Lechkhumi - 46.2%, as for the lowest voter turnout - 25.4% was observed in Shida Kartli. The voter turnout in Tbilisi as of 15:00 is 27.7%.
“While comparing current data to the voter turnout of the 2014 Municipal Elections, the voter turnout as of 15:00 in 2014 was 28.94%”- stated Ana Mikeladze.
“Election Administration once again clarifies, that observers and representatives of election subjects are entitled to observe the registration process in the voters’ lists from any place of election precinct and the mentioned is defined by the election legislation. Particularly, paragraph “e”, article 41 defines the following: the observer shall have the right to observe the registration of voters in the lists of voters, issuance of ballot papers and special envelopes, etc. As it was already mentioned, voter’s name and surname in the voters’ list, as well as registration number is the public information. Though, we would like to underline, that according to the CEC decree, it is prohibited to copy out the information which does not belong to the public information, including the voters’ list (table version) meant for the election commissions. Accordingly, photo-video shooting of the table version of the voters’ list is prohibited; hereby table version of the voters’ list shall not be issued publicly. Use of personal data – identity number and hindering the commission activities shall not take place while observing the registration process. As we stated in the previous statements, once again we underline that all electoral stakeholders shall exercise their rights to enable voters to express their free will” – stated the CEC Spokesperson at the CEC news briefing.
Ana Mikeladze also made a comment on current procedural shortcomings:
At #31 election precinct of Khobi district election commission, one ballot paper of another election district was found in the package of ballot papers bounded in 50 pieces; namely, one ballot paper belonged to #31 Zugdidi election precinct – a mistake occurred at the printing house. The commission drew up a protocol and the ballot paper will not be used.
The information was spread as if mobile ballot box was seized from #89 Marneuli election precinct, which appears to be false information. At the mentioned precinct voting process is conducted in accordance with law.
CEC News Briefing on E-day Procedures and Voter Turnout as of 12:00 pm21 October, 2017
At the CEC news briefing Ana Mikeladze, the CEC Spokesperson presented to media information on voter turnout as of 12:00pm.
“Voter turnout according to 3 644 election precincts is 16.5% (567 699 voters). As of 12:00 pm, the highest voter turnout was observed in Racha-Lechkhumi with 27.9%, and the lowest voter turnout in Shida Kartli - 13.9%. The voter turnout in Tbilisi is 14.8%.
For comparison, we would like to inform you that during the 2014 Municipal Elections, voter turnout as of 12:00 pm was 16.6%” –stated Ana Mikeladze.
As for the information about the incoming calls at the CEC Call Center: in total 473 calls have been received from 07:00 am until 12:00 pm in the morning. The majority of the calls referred to the verification of personal data in the unified list of voters.
Ana Mikeladze also presented information to media on minor procedural shortcomings:
“Majoritarian ballot papers were absent at #13 Dusheti election precinct. The other two type ballot papers for mayoral and proportional elections were at the election precinct. District Election Commission made the decision by adopting the relevant ordinance and the majoritarian ballot papers are already delivered to the election precinct. A complaint has been submitted in this respect and the relevant election administration will make the final decision. Flashlight for inking verification was absent at #34 Martvili election precinct and the device has been provided to the commission immediately. At #20 Bolnisi election precinct protocol on withdrawal was drawn up against the representatives of “Press Media” due to hindering the activities of Precinct Election Commission multiple times” – stated Ana Mikeladze.
CEC Statement on Information Disseminated in Media21 October, 2017
Central Election Commission (CEC) Call Center receives incoming calls, as well as statement of observer organization was made referring to the fact, that representatives of various election subjects and observers at election precincts verify participant voters’ data with a registrar, namely, they copying out/attesting voter’s data, specifically, their registration number in the list.
Herewith, the CEC once again states that observers and election subjects representatives who enjoy the same rights, may move without restrictions within the election precinct territory and observe all stages of the polling process from any point in the precinct in a free and unhindered manner.
Voter’s name and surname in the voter list, as well as registration number, represent public information and not personal data. Accordingly, persons authorized to observe elections are permitted to verify public information of voters at any stage of the polling process.
Moreover, Election Administration is obliged not to restrict realization of rights granted by law to persons authorized to observe elections.
Nevertheless, we call upon observers and election subjects representatives present at election precincts, to carry out their duties without impeding election process and activities of the election commission and do not go beyond the authority granted by the law.
News Briefing at CEC21 October, 2017
Approximately 10 representatives of organization “Press Media” appeared at several election precincts of Kutaisi District Election Commission (DEC). Their accreditation cards are not issued officially – stated Ana Mikeladze at the news briefing.
“At about 10 representatives of organization “Press Media” showed up at several election precincts of Kutaisi DEC. It should be noted that their accreditation cards are not officially issued, which presumably are falsified. We urge all electoral stakeholders to refrain from such activities and in case of revealing similar facts relevant response will follow” – announced Ana Mikeladze.
CEC Spokesperson also delivered information to media representatives about ongoing polling. According to Ana Mikeladze, the voting process is being conducted in a calm environment at all election precincts. Voters have the opportunity to freely exercise their constitutional right without any obstacles and express their will.
As of 10:00 am voter turnout is 6% (231 736 voters).
Ana Mikeladze also made a comment on current procedural inaccuracies:
“Today morning, member of #33 Dmanisi election precinct had a car accident. In accordance with the legislation, new Secretary of the commission is elected by the commission and all procedures are being conducted without any obstructions. Registration of the President of Georgia at #6 Mtatsminda election precinct served as the reason for seven minutes delay of the start of the polling at the mentioned election precinct. A number of observers and media representatives were presented at the mentioned polling station, accordingly it took a little longer time to include their information in the polling day log-book. In addition, information was disseminated as if the majoritarian candidate of Georgian Dream is not included in the ballot paper at #28 Dusheti election precinct. We have checked the information, which appears to be false information” – stated Ana Mikeladze.
News Briefing21 October, 2017
Today, Municipal Elections is being conducted in Georgia. All election precincts were open for voters, at 08:00 am.
The Central Election Commission (CEC) held its first news briefing to announce the start of the polling.
According to Ana Mikeladze, the CEC Spokesperson, the polling process is being conducted in a peaceful and accessible election environment. Today, the voters will elect 2058 members of 64 Sakrebulos and 64 mayors. As for the number of voters, 3 440 123 voters are included in the unified voters’ list.
“We would like to remind the voters that at election precincts they will receive three types of ballot papers: one - blue ballot paper is intended for proportional elections to elect the political party or election bloc, second – pink ballot paper - for electing majoritarian member of Sakrebulo, third – light green ballot paper - for electing mayor of self-governing city or self-governing community” - stated Ana Mikleadze
It should be also stated that the ballot papers in Georgian-Azerbaijani, Georgian-Armenian as well as trilingual ballot papers in Georgian-Azerbaijani-Armenian languages are available for ethnic minority voters at respective election precincts.
Magnifying sheets are accessible for voters with visual impairments at election precincts and tactile ballot guide for blind voters. The deaf and hard of hearing voters as well as beneficiaries of support will receive information about the polling process via special poster. Special voting booths are available for voters using a wheelchair at 1153 adapted election precincts.
54 389 representatives of election subjects, 20 641 of local and 581 international observers will monitor the election process. In addition, 4 820 accredited journalists will cover the elections.
After closing the polling stations at 20:00 pm, the vote counting procedures will start at the election precincts. Upon receipt of summary protocols, the CEC will gradually upload them on the special webpage www.results.cec.gov.ge.
“Hereby, let me remind you that agitation at polling stations is prohibited by the election legislation. It is also prohibited to place any paid or free political advertisement on television and radio. It is also prohibited to publish public opinion poll results before 20:00” – announced Ana Mikeladze.
According to Ana Mikeladze, the CEC Call Center - 2 51 00 51 and online chat will operate for 24 hours on E-day.
”Citizens and electoral stakeholders may apply to the Election Administration in order to receive or provide any election-related information. Hereby, the Election Administration urges voters to participate in elections and appeals to the election stakeholders to support the conduct of elections in calm and free election environment” - stated Ana Mikeladze.
The Election Administration will be delivering the information on polling process and voter turnout during the whole E-day. Six news briefings will be conducted during the day.