Registration Rules and Rights of Local Observer Organizations
Local observer organization observing elections in more than one election district shall be registered by the CEC.
A local observer organization, which observes elections in one election district, shall be registered by the relevant DEC.
To be registered, the local observer organization shall submit an application requesting registration to the appropriate election commission no later than 10 days before polling day. The application shall include the name of the election district (districts) in which the organization will observe. The election commission shall make a decision on registration within 5 days after the submission of the application.
Local observer organization shall submit the constituent document/statute to the CEC, notarized according to the legislation of Georgia.
The application shall include the name of the election district (districts) in which the organization will observe.
A local observer organization registered by the CEC shall submit to the CEC secretary a list of observers appointed at the CEC, DEC and PEC no later than on the 5th day before the polling day. The list shall include photo copies of personal identification cards of Georgian citizens owned by local observers. Personal information (name, surname, and place of registration) of observer shall be included in the list.
The organization has right to have no more than one observer at the same time at election precinct.
Local observer organization may be a local non-entrepreneurial (non-commercial) legal entity, registered in accordance with the Georgian legislation no later than a year prior to the polling day, the statute (other constituent document) of which, at the time of registration, envisages election monitoring and/or protection of human rights and which is registered with the CEC or a relevant DEC for the purpose of observing elections.
Local observer of a local observer organization may be any citizen of Georgia above the age of 18, except for:
- Official holding state-political positions;
- Member of the local self-government representative body - Sakrebulo;
- Head and deputy head of the local self-government executive body;
- Employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance of Georgia, Georgian Intelligence Service and Special State Protection Service of Georgia;
- Official of the Prosecutor's Office;
- Election subject and its proxy;
- Election commission member.
In case of registering the head/authorized representatives of the registered local observer organizations as an election subject and/or representatives of election subject, no later than 5 calendar days after registration, the local observer organization is obliged to submit the document to the relevant election commission, proving that the authority of the election subject or representatives of election subject was terminated (will be terminated) as a head of the organization or authorized representative of the observer organization. Failing to submit the relevant document may serve as a ground for revoking the registration of this organization.
Rights of local observers:
- An observer shall have the right to observe the election process on E-day, as well as periods before and after polling day in a free and unhindered manner;
- Attend and observe meetings of the election commission;
- Be present at the polling place at any time during polling day, unrestrictedly move within the precinct territory and observe all stages of the polling process from any point of the precinct in a free and unhindered manner;
- Replace another registered representative of the nominating organization at any time on the polling day (in case of availability of such a representative);
- Take part in the inspection of ballot boxes, before they are sealed and after they are opened;
- Observe registration of voters in the lists of voters, issuance of ballot papers and special envelopes and their certification without disrupting the polling process;
- Attend the procedure of counting of votes and summarizing of results;
- Observe the process of mobile voting;
- Observe the counting of votes in such conditions in which ballot papers are visible;
- Observe the process of compiling the summary protocol of election results and other documents by the election commission;
- Address the PEC Chairperson with an application (complaint) regarding issues related to the procedures of voting and polling, by which an applicant requests reaction on identified cases of specific violations;
- Request a voter to show how many ballot papers and special envelopes she/he is having at hand;
- Make an appeal on actions of an election commission according to the procedures defined by the Georgian legislation;
- Observe the ballot box, to the process of inserting special envelopes into the ballot box, opening of the ballot box, counting of ballot papers and drawing up of protocols;
- Get introduced with the summary protocols of polling results, drawn up by election commissions. Request and receive the copies of the summary protocols from the relevant election commission.
An observer shall not be entitled to:
- Interfere with the functions and activities of the election commission;
- Exert an undue influence upon the free expression of will of voters;
- Agitate in favor or against an electoral subject;
- Wear symbols or signs of any election subject;
- Be without a badge at the polling place on the polling day;
- Breach other requirements of Election Code.
Election commission shall provide all conditions for an observer to implement his/her authority regarding all procedures within the election commission, including the process of counting of ballots and summarizing of the results.
In the case of hindering operations of the commission and violation of the order, Election Commission shall be authorized to make a decision on removing the observer from the polling place in which the Commission is located.