Registration Rules and Rights of International Observer Organizations
An international observer organization shall be registered by the CEC. An international observer organization observes elections through its representatives – international observers.
To be registered, the international organization shall submit an application letter to the CEC requesting registration no later than on the 7th day before the polling day.
The international organization shall submit a copy of its constituent document to the CEC.
If an observer (group of observers) is a representative of another state, he/she shall provide an application and a certificate of authorization;
The CEC shall decide on the registration of the organization, observer (group of observers) within 2 days of the submission of the application.
The organization has the right to have no more than 2 international observers at the same time at election precinct.
The international observer can be accompanied by an interpreter, who shall be registered at the CEC together with the observers.
The election commission shall not have a right to decline the application for registration of the observer organization, if this organization complies with the provisions of the Election Code. The ordinance of the election commission on decline of the application for registration shall include the justification for the decline and shall be transmitted to the organization no later than the following day after a decision is rendered. The ordinance of the commission may be appealed to the court within 2 days of its adoption. The court decision shall be delivered within 2 days.
The international observer organization since the registration, shall submit information about observers through the application form approved by the CEC ordinance and copies of their IDs to the CEC Secretary, no later than 2 days before the polling day.
If observers are accompanied by the interpreter, the organization shall submit their list at the CEC as well.
The CEC Secretary, not later than the 2nd day upon submission of the list, is obliged to register observers nominated in accordance with the Elections Code of Georgia and transmit to the observer organization the observer certificate which at the same time represents badge;
International observer organization may be:
International observer organization may be a representative of another state, organization or the international organization registered in another state, the constituent document/statute of which includes monitoring of elections and/or protection of human rights and activity of which is based on the following internationally acknowledged principles:
- Respect to legislation and sovereignty of Georgia and international norms of human rights;
- Avoid hindering the election process;
- Political impartiality;
- Financial independence from participants of elections and transparency of financial sources;
- Adherence to the provisions acknowledged by the principles of international observation.
An observer shall have the right to:
- Attend and observe meetings of the election commissions;
- 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 may be visible;
- Observe the process compiling the summary protocol of election results and the 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, in terms of inserting special envelopes into the ballot box, opening the ballot box, counting ballot papers and drawing up protocols;
- Get introduced with the summary protocols of polling results, drawn up by election commissions, request and receive the copies of these protocols from the relevant election commissions.
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 the 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 order, Election Commission shall be authorized to make a decision on removing the international observer from the polling place in which the Commission is located.
The registration application and all necessary documentation can be submitted via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org