Dialogue on Enhancing Electoral Integrity
Dialogue on Enhancing Electoral Integrity was conducted by the International Democratic Institute (NDI) and Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM) in cooperation with Georgian Election Administration. The conference covered important issues on transparency through open election data, voters’ registration, use of effective electoral technologies, data processing and information accessibility for electoral stakeholders.
NDI and GNDEM in cooperation with Election Management Bodies (EMB) of various countries conduct the Dialogue during the years. This year, by the initiative of the organizers, the conference was facilitated in cooperation with Georgian EMB.
At the conference Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson talked about the achievements and challenges of Election Administration. Ms. Zhvania emphasized the tight cooperation between EMBs and observer organizations, which ensures more efficient and accessible electoral environment. CEC Chairperson delivered the presentation on formation and transparency of the voters’ list and talked about the innovative projects implemented within the respective field.
“The dialogue between the election management bodies and observer organizations is of high importance, as both sides strive to make the election processes transparent and accessible on local as well as on international level. Georgian Election Administration implements various projects, which ensures the electoral databases and suggested services to be more effective and accessible for electoral stakeholders. The CEC of Georgia locally facilitates meetings on a regular basis, where together with the representatives of observer organizations, international and local organizations discuss the important issues and challenges. We also try to respond all questions related to the electoral processes”- underlined Tamar Zhvania in her opening remarks.
The Dialogue provided break-out groups, where the problems and challenges related with the data accessibility were discussed. Challenges of disinformation, addressing them and mechanisms of cooperation with electoral stakeholders were also discussed at the break-out group sessions.
Representatives of Election Management Bodies of 25 countries, international and local observer organizations participated in the Dialogue.