Who We Are
The Election Administration of Georgia is an independent administrative body, which, within its authority, is free of any influence from other state bodies and acts according to the Constitution (of Georgia) and the Electoral Code of Georgia.
The Election Administration ensures the preparation and conduct of referendum, plebiscites, and elections of the President of Georgia, the Parliament of Georgia, local self-government representative body – Sakrebulo, and of a local self-government executive body - Mayor/Gamgebeli, controls the fulfillment of requirements of the electoral legislation on the whole territory of Georgia and its uniform application.
The Election Administration of Georgia is composed of:
- CEC and its apparatus;
- SEC and its apparatus;
- District Election Commissions;
- Precinct Election Commissions.
The supreme body of Election Administration of Georgia is the CEC, which, within its authority, manages and controls all levels of election commissions.
The CEC is composed of a Chairperson and 12 members. The CEC Chairperson simultaneously is a member of the CEC. The Parliament of Georgia elects five members of the CEC, on the recommendation of the President of Georgia, while the qualified parties appoint seven members as defined by the Election Code. The term of office of the CEC Chairperson and CEC members appointed by the Parliament is five years.
The organization and conduction of fair, credible, transparent elections is ensured by CEC’s Secretariat, which, with help of its structural units, carries out organizational, legal and technical support of election administration and support to the CEC.
The Supreme Election Commission of Autonomous Republic of Adjara (SEC) ensures the preparation and conduct of elections of Supreme Council of Autonomous Republic of Adjara, and, within its authority, ensures uniform application of electoral legislation on the whole territory of Adjara.
District Election Commission
District Election Commission is a permanent territorial body of the Electoral Administration of Georgia, which in the Election district, within its power ensures the conduct of elections, referendum, and plebiscite, oversees the process of implementation of the electoral legislation of Georgia, and ensures its uniform application. There are total of 76 DECs in Georgia. A DEC is composed of 13 members; the CEC elects five permanent members, while, during election period, qualified parties appoint seven members and the CEC elects one.
Precinct Election Commission
Precinct Election Commission is a temporary territorial body of the Electoral Administration of Georgia, which, within its power, ensures the conduct of elections, referendum, and plebiscite in an electoral precinct, implementation of the electoral legislation of Georgia, compliance of the procedures under the electoral legislation of Georgia during polling, exercise and protection of the rights of voters, representatives, and observers guaranteed by the Constitution of Georgia and Electoral Code. There are around 3.700 PECs created during electoral period in Georgia. A PEC is composed of 13 members; the upper election commission elects six members while qualified parties appoint seven members.
Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles of the Election Administration
To conduct impartial, transparent and professionally administered elections, as set forth by the legislation, and to create an environment where voters and electoral stakeholders can freely exercise their electoral rights.
Election Administration aims to: provide equally accessible electoral services; ensure integrity of electoral process; ensure high level of trust within the society; continuously act innovatively and develop initiatives oriented toward the improvement of the electoral environment; continuously work to increase management effectiveness and the professional capacity of the election administration.
In order to ensure the conduct of free and democratic elections, the Election Administration shall be guided by the following principles:
Election Administration is an independent institution, which operates within the legal framework and free from political influence.
Election Administration ensures transparency of its work and accessibility of information to voters and electoral stakeholders.
Election Administration conducts its activities through qualified, competent human workforce.
Election Administration is accountable for its actions and reports to voters and relevant institutions on a regular basis.
Election Administration ensures creation of an inclusive electoral environment.