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  • Statistics on Dispute Resolution of Electoral Subjects and Observer Organizations

    Statistics on Dispute Resolution of Electoral Subjects and Observer Organizations

    12 January, 2021

    The Central Election Commission (CEC) processed the information on the complaints received by the District Election Commissions (DECs) and the CEC on E-day and in the period following the Election Day of 31 October 2020 Parliament of Georgia (first round).

    A total of 2091 complaints concerning the 31 October 2020 parliamentary elections were submitted to the DECs by observer organizations and electoral subjects on and after polling day. Among them 1425 were submitted by political parties/election blocs, 629 by observer organizations, 33 by initiative groups (two initiative groups), 2 by DEC members, and 2 by media organizations. In total, 270 – were upheld / partially upheld, 698 – were not upheld, 1117 were not discussed on merit due to violation of terms and rule of appeal, 4 were withdrawn and 2 were sent to the relevant body for further action. Complaints were submitted to the DECs by 14 of the 50 political parties/election blocs registered for the October 31 elections, and by 21 of the 120 local observer organizations registered with the CEC.

    It is noteworthy that a vast majority of complaints submitted by political parties/blocs which were not discussed on merit were due to violation of terms and rule of appeal. Out of 1117 complaints filed in violation of the deadline and rules, 971 were filed by political parties/blocs. See detailed statistics: table 1

    The CEC also processed information on appealing results of DECs’ (summary protocols) to the CEC.

    DEC results (summary protocols) from the 14 political parties/election blocs that filed complaints with the DECs at the CEC, 6 political parties/blocs, and only one out of 21 observer organizations appealed. See detailed statistics: table 2 

    It should be noted that the statistics of complaints submitted to the district election commissions are prepared based on officially submitted information and reflected in the register of complaints.

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  • Statement on the so-called Misbalance in PEC Summary Protocols

    Statement on the so-called Misbalance in PEC Summary Protocols

    16 December, 2020

    The Central Election Commission (CEC), due to high public interest, considers it appropriate to respond to information on the so-called misbalances spread by ‘’Fair Elections’’ which was released by the given organization on November 1st, then on December 11th along with specified results of parallel vote tabulation (PVT).

    According to the CEC processed data, the so-called misbalance referring to more ballots in relation to the number of voters was found only in 19 summary protocols - 0,52% of main polling stations opened in Georgia. We would like to remind you that 3 657 main polling stations were set up throughout Georgia (this number does not include special polling stations and stations opened abroad). Therefore, stressing on the excess of ballots, which according to the organization was observed in 8% of polling stations, is not confirmed by official data.

    It is noteworthy that the Election Administration (EA) already on November 4 processed data in detail and prepared statistical information based on precinct summary protocols and relevant amendment protocols. According to the statistical data processed at this stage, the imbalance which raised questions and refers to the excess of ballots compared to a number of voters (voters’ signatures), was found in 60 polling stations which is 1.64% of the total number of main polling stations opened in Georgia.

    Afterward, in accordance with the inquiries made by the district election commissions (DECs) and the legal mechanisms provided by the legislation, and based on DECs’ ordinances and recounts, the so-called misbalances in certain cases were specified. Therefore, according to final data, in proportional part of summary protocols, excess of ballots compared to voters’ number was recorded in 19 protocols of main polling stations opened in Georgia. The aforementioned information is processed as of November 14 and is available on the CEC website. 

    See detailed statistics according to precinct election commissions (was released on November 15) 

    Additionally, the CEC released the statistical data on cases of lack of ballots according to elections held in different years (was released on November 15)  

    In light of the given information, it is unclear what exactly ‘’Fair Elections’’ implies when cites the access of ballots, the so-called misbalance in 8% of polling stations. This data is fundamentally different and substantially diverging from official statistical data of processed precinct summary protocols of the CEC as of November 4 as well as based on final data. 

    We may suppose that the organization did not take into account precinct amendment protocols which are an integral part of PEC summary protocols and represents a well-adopted legislative mechanism in a number of elections held. Therefore, this needs clarification and submission of more information for objective inquiry, assessment, and generally for the credibility of the process. 

    The Election Administration expresses readiness to cooperate with ‘’ Fair Elections’’ and any other interested parties on this and any other electoral issues.

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  • Tamar Zhvania Presented Election Results at the First Session of the Parliament

    Tamar Zhvania Presented Election Results at the First Session of the Parliament

    11 December, 2020

    Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC), presented election results at the first session of the Parliament. Tamar Zhvania discussed in detail the first and the second round of elections at the session of the Parliament of the 10th convocation and noted that all conditions were met by the Election Administration (EA) for citizens to vote in a free environment. 

    ‘’31 October 2020 October elections were competitive and all significant challenges were considered including pandemic-related issues while organizing elections’’, stated Tamar Zhvania. Chairperson also noted that the CEC in line with international good practice and in coordination with relevant agencies and based on active consultations with electoral stakeholders developed epidemiological protocol. The epidemiological protocol aimed at preventing the spread of the virus and the safety of participants of the electoral process. The given document comprehensively covered health safety issues including on polling day, which was largely shared and maintained by the participating parties, both in their relations with the election administration during the pre-election period and directly on election day. The CEC with the support of international partners ran a large-scale information campaign concerning pandemic-related rules to ensure all conditions so that a safe environment was created for voters when they arrived at the polling station. On E-day, in the face of the most difficult challenge – pandemic, despite a significant change in the number of commission members, the EA managed that all polling stations served the electorate and were perfectly organized for the parliamentary elections.

    Chairperson of the CEC highlighted the support of United States Government in her speech – ‘’the conduct of elections amid pandemic was greatly supported by the United States Government – we in close cooperation with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the US Embassy, managed to equip all levels of election commissions required by the protocol with the necessary inventory and personal protective equipment (PPE).

    With regard to citizens in medical institutions and isolation (self-isolation, quarantine) and ensuring their participation in elections, the Chairperson of the CEC noted that the administration set up special precincts within boundaries of each municipality and enabled citizens to cast their votes in polling despite the isolation. 

    ‘’It is worthwhile to note that this year the EA operated in a particularly tense political climate when the organization was repeatedly pressured: permanently, non-stop were spread different type of disinformation to discredit the administration; Unacceptable forms of pressure were used against an institution and the commissions were forced to work under stress. Yet, the EA in full compliance with legislation performed all the essential procedures necessary for the conduct of the entire electoral process; this was also one of the most difficult challenges and despite it, we managed to serve voters professionally and created conditions for them where their primary rights were protected.

    Here, on behalf of the EA, I would like to thank our citizens that they came to the polls, acted as responsible citizens, and voted by fully following epidemiological protocol. Citizen’s engagement in the electoral process, their responsible attitude towards the electoral process is the main prerequisite for the successful development of both our society and the country. Therefore, once again I would like to thank you for this.

    Additionally, I would like to extend my gratitude towards electoral stakeholders – who were guided first of all by legislation and professionalism when performing their duties and supported the electoral process and conduct of E-day in a professional manner in a transparent environment. 

    We are a country of young democracies; We have been building this process for only a few decades, and elections have become the most important basis for the development of democratic processes during these years. The international community assessed this year’s elections as competitive where in spite of noteworthy inaccuracies, freedom of expression and fundamental rights were protected.  

    The issues and recommendations provided by our country's partners for improving the process are clear and they carry great importance. Therefore, through our joint efforts, significant activities are to be carried out on the path of our country’s European integration, for the strengthening of democracy, and for the continuous future development.  

    Finally, on 31 October 2020 parliamentary elections in Georgia, up to two million voters expressed their will, participated in the voting, and made their own decision. Georgian citizens elected the Parliament of the 10th convocation which I hope will continue the process of building and developing our young democracy!

    I wish you success in your future legislation and good deeds for the society!", stated the Chairperson of the CEC.

    After the speech, Tamar Zhvania handed over the necessary documents for the recognition of the powers of the members of the Parliament to the Temporary Mandate Commission, which, in turn, recognized the powers of members of Parliament by a unified list submitted by the Parliament’s Temporary Mandate Commission.

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  • Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the CEC, Met with British Ambassador

    Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the CEC, Met with British Ambassador

    10 December, 2020

    Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) met with Mr. Mark Clayton, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Georgia.

    Tamar Zhvania detailed the ambassador on post-E-day processes of 31 October 2020 parliamentary elections and noted that the Election Administration (EA) managed professionally hold elections amid pandemic where each voter was able to vote in a safe environment at the electoral precinct. The EA showed readiness to fix inaccuracies revealed during parliamentary elections by leading the process of verifying summary protocols and recount when discussing relevant electoral disputes, according to Tamar Zhvania. Chairperson of the CEC also tackled the deliberate campaign aiming to discredit the EA and the process, including the spread of incorrect and false information. The CEC provided precise information and appropriate statistical data to international organizations and other involved parties about this matter.

    At the end of the meeting, Mr. Mark Clayton, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Georgia, expressed support towards the EA of Georgia and hope for deepening cooperation in the future. All recommendations voiced by international organizations and representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Georgia shall be considered in process of administering the next general elections, according to ambassador.

    The meeting was held on 9 December on the premises of the Central Election Commission. 

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  • The Central Election Commission Summarized Results of the 31 October Parliamentary Elections of Georgia

    The Central Election Commission Summarized Results of the 31 October Parliamentary Elections of Georgia

    3 December, 2020

    The Central Election Commission (CEC) summarized the results of the 31 October 2020 parliamentary elections of Georgia at today’s session.  

    The total number of voters equaled 3 511 853, according to summary protocol. 1 992 891 voters participated in elections by the proportional electoral system.

    The summary protocol details the percentages of the votes received by electoral subjects and mandates. The CEC transfers summarized documentation to the Parliament of Georgia, and the legislative body no later than the 10th day following summarizing the election results holds its first session.

    We would like to remind you that the Parliament of Georgia is composed of 120 members of parliament elected by the proportional electoral system and 30 MPs elected by the majoritarian electoral system. 

    It is noteworthy that the Election Administration (EA) managed to organize elections facing the most difficult challenge – pandemic in a safe environment. On Election Day, all conditions were met to allow citizens to cast their ballots in a free environment at the polling station. It is worthwhile to note that the CEC ensured the participation of persons placed in medical institutions and isolation (quarantine, self-isolation) in polling. 

    Each and every voter is of utmost importance for the EA, their engagement and civic responsibility are paramount and we thank each of them for coming to the electoral precinct and casting votes in the first as well as in the second round of elections. 

    The EA also thanks to all electoral stakeholders for responsibly fulfilling their rights and obligations and for supporting the conduct of E-day in a professional environment.  

    The EA in light of tense atmosphere caused by different aspects and despite the unacceptable forms of influence and pressure on the administration, as well as various disinformation spread to discredit the independent institution, which as a whole was part of the election administration's damaging campaign, yet, managed to carry out all necessary procedures for conducting the electoral process in line with legislation. 

    The table below displays information on the number of mandates of electoral subjects according to the elections held by the proportional electoral system. 9 electoral subjects passed the threshold set by election legislation. 

     

     

    Political Party (Bloc)

     

    Number of Received Votes

     

    %

     

    Number of Received Mandates

    2

    ‘’Bakradze, Ugulava, Bokeria – European Georgia – Movement for Liberty’’

    72 986

    3.79%

    5

    5

    Bloc ‘’United National Movement – United Opposition ‘’Strength Is in Unity’’

    523 127

    27.18%

    36

    8

    ''Davit Tarkhan-Mouravi, Irma Inashvili – Alliance of Patriots of Georgia’’

    60 480

    3.14%

    4

    10

    '’Shalva Natelashvili – Labour Party of Georgia’’

    19 314

    1.00%

    1

    24

    ‘’Aleko Elisashvili – Citizens’’

    25 508

    1.33%

    2

    27

    Bloc ‘’Giorgi Vashadze – Strategy Aghmashenebeli’’

    60 671

    3.15%

    4

    36

    ''Girchi’’

    55 598

    2.89%

    4

    41

    Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia

    928 004

    48.22%

    60

    56

    ''Lelo – Mamuka Khazaradze’’

    60 712

    3.15%

    4

    As for the majoritarian part of elections, summary protocols of the district election commission have entered into force, based on which, candidates nominated by N41 ‘’Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia’’ were elected in all 30 majoritarian electoral districts.

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