6th Annual Meeting of the Election Management Bodies, 2016
The Central Election Commission of Georgia hosted the 6th Annual Meeting of the Election Management Bodies. 105 representatives of 19 EMBs and international organizations discussed the theme of Electoral Integrity.
At two day conference, participants presented the basic aspects for ensuring the electoral integrity and factors affecting it, including the voter turnout; migration as a challenge to electoral integrity, impartial election observation, publishing of election results, transparency and electoral engagement, various innovative programs and technologies.
Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson talked about the activities implemented by the Georgian election administration in this regard and delivered presentation – “Promoting Electoral integrity in Georgia”.
Chairperson of the CEC of Georgia, Mr. Matt Gokhool, Chief Executive of the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) and Mr. Bill Sweeney, President and CEO of International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) made opening remarks at the meeting, held on February 16-17, at the Lopota Lake Resort.
The first international meeting on electoral issues in Georgia was held 5 years ago; representatives of 11 election management bodies and 3 international organizations participated in the event. This year, among 19 EMBs, electoral officials from Croatia, Jordan and Namibia took part in the conference for the first time.
16 international organizations and 5 vendor companies, oriented on electoral technologies attended the meeting. At the annual meetings, EMBs discuss important issues, share good practices, find new forms and ways for solutions of the gaps and the best approaches for improving the electoral environment. Over the years, conflict management in electoral processes, stakeholder engagement and effective communication, inclusive elections were discussed at the past annual meetings. This year, Electoral Integrity was privileged to be considered as the main topic of the meeting. Strengthening the electoral integrity contributes to the development of democratic governance across the world.
The Central Election Commission of Georgia organized the meeting in close cooperation and support with International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).
Countries participating in the meeting:
Albania, Georgia, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, India, Israel, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Namibia, Romania, Slovenia, South Korea, Ukraine.
International Organizations participating in the meeting:
Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO), Council of Europe (CoE), Venice Commission, Delian Project – Canada, Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS), International Centre for Electoral psychology (ICEP), International Foundation for Electoral Systems, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI), Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Vendor companies oriented on electoral technologies
Innovatrics, Emperor Technology, Smartmatic, A.Daga Group, Scytl.