8th Annual Meeting of Election Management Bodies, 2018
The Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) hosted the 8th Annual Meeting of Election Management Bodies.
The main theme of the meeting was “Technologies and Innovations in Citizen’s Engagement”. Representatives of EMBs of various countries, international organizations and vendor companies oriented on electoral technologies participated in the event.
Thea Tsulukiani, a Minister of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson, Niels Scott, the UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia, Matt Gokhool, Chief Executive of International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS), Jerome Leyraud, Chief of Party, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and Cristian Urse, Head of Office in Georgia, Council of Europe, made opening remarks at the meeting.
During two-day conference, adoption of new technologies and innovations in the election processes for ensuring voter engagement were the major topics of discussion. Meeting participants shared their experience in this respect and discussed future plans.
Tamar Zhvania in her presentation emphasized citizen engagement in the election processes and the importance of use of new technologies in introducing new services in this regard. The event served as a perfect platform for EMBs and relevant organizations to share their experience and come up with important decisions.
In the framework of the meeting, Tamar Zhvania discussed the current practice involving use of modern technologies for voter and stakeholder’s engagement.
8th Annual Meeting of Election Management Bodies was conducted on February 28 - March 1. Representatives of 21 EMBs, 10 international organizations, US Embassy in Georgia and four vendor companies oriented on electoral technologies, amounting to 105 participants in total attended the meeting. This year, for the first time, EMB representatives from Colombia, Tunisia, Ecuador and Bangladesh joined the annual meeting.
The Central Election Commission of Georgia organized the meeting in close cooperation and support with the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).
The meeting between the representatives of the EMBs is held annually; representatives of EMBs discuss exceedingly important topics and share good practices. Over the years, innovative services and effective electoral procedures, electoral integrity, inclusive elections, involvement of stakeholders and effective communications, electoral dispute resolution were discussed at the past annual meetings.
Countries participating in the meeting:
Bangladesh, Belarus, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Estonia, India, Jordan, Columbia, Kenya, Latvia, Mexico, Moldova, Pakistan, Romania, South Korea, Georgia, Armenia, Tunisia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan.
International Organizations participating in the meeting:
United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD), United Nations in Georgia (UN), OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), Council of Europe (CoE), International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS), International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI).
Vendor companies oriented on electoral technologies:
Indra (Spain), Laxton Group (China), Smartmatic (Netherklands), Voatz (USA).