Head of the Central Election Commission of Turkmenistan met with representatives of the Supreme Electoral Council of the Republic of Turkey

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Saturday, 12 March 2022 15:26

On March 10, 2022, Gulmyrat Muradov, the head of the of apparatus of the Commission for holding Elections and referendums in Turkmenistan met with Muharram Akkaya, head of the Supreme Electoral Council of the Republic of Turkey, and Ali Urker, member of the Supreme Electoral Council of the Republic of Turkey, who arrived in our country as international observers. About this reports website of Central Commission for Holding Elections and Referendums in Turkmenistan.

The head of the Central Election Commission of Turkmenistan said that he was pleased to see representatives of the friendly state in Turkmenistan as international observers, informed them about conduct and preparation works on elections on March 12, 2022 as well as introduced the provisions of the electoral law.

At the end of the meeting, the representatives of the Supreme Electoral Council of the Republic of Turkey, our fraternal state, wished the head of the Central Election Commission of Turkmenistan organized helding of the important political and public event on March 12.

PARLIAMENT ELECTING CEC CHAIR WITH 85 VOTES

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Wednesday, 16 February 2022 11:48

The Parliament elected the Chairman of the Central Election Commission and two members of the commission. They announced it recently.
In the primary ballot, two candidates for the CEC chairmanship: Tengiz Tevzadze and Giorgi Kalandarishvili, failed to get two-thirds (100) votes in the full parliament. 

According to the law, Giorgi Kalandarishvili was elected as the Chairman of the Central Election Commission for a term of 6 months by 84 votes against 2 in the second round of voting.

As for the election of professional members of the CEC - the MPs voted for 4 candidates for 2 vacant positions - Kristine Kajaia, Levan Isakadze, Maia Zaridze and Gia Tsatsashvili.

Similar to the election of the CEC Chairpaerson, none of the candidates managed to get 2/3 of the votes in the primary ballot.

As a result of repeated vote, Maia Zaridze was elected as a member of the Central Election Commission with 79 votes against 2 and Gia Tsatsashvili with 77 votes against 2, also for 6 months. 

Municipal Elections - Preliminary Results of Second Round

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Monday, 01 November 2021 11:22

The second round of Municipal Elections is over. Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) presented preliminary results of the elections to the media and the public during a press briefing held today. Giorgi Kalandarishvili expressed his gratitude towards the voters for their activity and for high civic responsibility exposed for the second round of elections. “In pandemic conditions, 1 025 406 voters took part in the process of voting. I thank each and every election administrator who spared no effort, worked 24 hours a day and still continue to work in order to ensure free and transparent environment for the entire electoral process.

The election process was quite competitive. Inaccuracies took place, but overall, not only by our estimation, a COVID-safe and professionally organized election environment was ensured for every voter arriving at the Precinct Election Commission (PEC). In certain cases, the voting process was delayed for a while due to specific incidents in several precincts, which did not affect the entire voting process.

The second round of elections was conducted and I would like to thank all the electoral stakeholders: observer organizations, media outlets and electoral subjects who were actively observing the elections," - stated the CEC Chairperson.

Preliminary election results of self-governing cities and self-governing communities

As Giorgi Kalandarishvili stated at the end of the briefing, the preliminary results of the second round are counted according to the summary protocols of all 261 polling stations through the majoritarian contest and full information is available at the CEC’s special website: results.cec.gov.ge.

According to the legislation, the Election Administration (EA) officially summarizes the results of the second round no later than November 13, after completing all the procedures prescribed by law.

As for the complaints, a total of 272 complaints were submitted to the District Election Commissions (DECs) yesterday, of which 121 were submitted by observers and 151 by electoral subjects. Most of them related to procedural violations. Detailed statistics on complaints will be provided by the EA to the public in the nearest future. We would like to remind you, that the DECs will examine the complaints within 4 calendar days in accordance with the Election Code and then make a decision.

The DEC’s decision may be appealed to a respective district/city court within 2 calendar days. The district/city court shall consider the appeal within 2 calendar days.

We would also like to recall that the EA will carry out recount procedures; In each election district, where the second round of elections was held, 5-5 polling stations will be identified by casting a lot on a random basis and the results of a total of 150 polling stations will be recounted; this is another important guarantee of ensuring the high quality of election transparency.

Polling Process Is Complete

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Monday, 01 November 2021 11:19

The polling process is complete. 1 025 406 voters took part in elections, which is 49.09% of the total number of voters. 478 642 voters participated in the polling in the capital during the day (47,7%). The COVID-19 regulations were fully adhered to at the polls. Procedural inaccuracies were detected in certain cases, though they did not cause the termination of the voting process. I would like to thank voters for being active and for following COVID-19 regulations during the polling process. Additionally, I would like to thank members of election commissions at all levels and employees for well-administering the elections. I would like to extend my gratitude to involved parties, observers, and the media.

A special, full of responsibility phase of vote counting is starting right now for the election administration. I would like to urge election commissions of all levels to follow the norms defined by the election legislation. Polling stations were closed at 20:00 according to the legislation and right now the vote-counting process is underway. Video recording of vote counting procedures is being conducted at those electoral precincts where the number of registered voters exceeded 300. After precinct election commissions’ (PECs) summary protocols are drawn up, they are being delivered to the district election commissions (DECs). The DECs will scan the PEC summary protocols and send them to the CEC in the shortest possible time. The CEC upon receipt of the PEC summary protocols will gradually upload them into special webpage results.cec.gov.ge. 

Please see the following statistics - 1318 phone calls and 262 online messages were received at the CEC Contact Hub from 07:00 to 20:00. The vast majority of them concerned the voters’ request to verify their data in the list, specify addresses of their polling stations, and the election procedures. The election administration calls on all electoral stakeholders during their work to facilitate the election administration to carry out its duty in a peaceful environment so that the will of every voter is reflected and the vote-counting process is not disrupted.

The CEC Chairperson Calls on Voters to Actively Participate in Elections

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Saturday, 30 October 2021 10:59

Today, Giorgi Kalandarishvili, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of Georgia held a conclusive news briefing. 

“On October 30, the second round of municipal elections will be held. You will elect the mayors at 5 self-governing cities and 15 municipalities, and 42 majoritarian members at 24 election districts. I would like to call on the voters registered in those election districts wherein the second round of elections are being held to be active from 08:00 am, visit the election precincts, realize your constitutional right and participate in polling.  

1830 election precincts are opened for the second round of elections, in addition, 8 election precincts created in exceptional cases will serve the voters, and 29 special polling stations which will serve the voters placed in intensive care units and isolation.

The total number of voters for the second round of elections constitutes 2 088 722.

On E-day, you will find the polling booths with a renewed design that has the cut from the front side, so that the secrecy of polling is ensured. We would like to remind you that voting is secret and photo-video shooting at the polling booth is prohibited. During the October 2 elections, redesigned ballot booths were used only in Tbilisi, and thereafter the CEC decided to utilize them at all election precincts for the second round of elections.

Similar to the October 2 elections, voting will be conducted by using electronic technologies at 31 election precincts of the N4 Krtsanisi election district.

By the CEC decision, the video recording of vote counting procedures will be conducted at all 1750 election precincts where the number of registered voters exceeds 300. Recounting of election results of randomly selected polling stations will be also recorded.

I would like to underline, that registration was prolonged for all observer and media organizations registered for the October 2 elections. Electoral stakeholders will monitor the October 30 elections with an increased number.

5 309 representatives of electoral subjects, 35 198 observers of local observer organizations, and 1 102 observers of 52 international observer organizations are registered for the second round of elections, and 3 711 representatives of 119 media organizations will cover the upcoming elections.

I will take this opportunity to call upon the election commissions at all levels not to spare any effort and to hold the second round of elections with high responsibility and professionally.

Well-conducted elections - are an indicator of the level of democracy in the country - in which all employees of the Election Administration, all election administrators, participate equally, and all their roles are equally important. Our team works diligently and will continue their work on E-day to ensure voters cast their votes in a safe and free election environment.

I would like to call upon the observers to monitor the election process accurately and evaluate the process and E-day objectively. I urge the media to cover the process widely, impartially, and in detail and deliver complete and objective election-related information to citizens. I would like to also appeal to the members of political parties to join us and together with election administrators and precinct election commission members support a peaceful election environment.  

Please note that on October 30 you will find a COVID-safe environment. All COVID-19 regulations will be followed and you will have a possibility to cast vote in an electoral environment safe for your health”.

Preliminary Results of Presidential Election according to 1181 Counted Election Precincts

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 10:38

Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia shared with society the information about the preliminary results of the second round of Presidential Election. Ms. Zhvania presented the results according to 1181 (32%) counted election precincts.

According to the CEC Chairperson, preliminary election results stand as follows:

№5 Grigol Vashadze - 195 305 votes (43%)

№48 Salome Zourabichvili - 262 826 (57%)

“First of all, I would like to thank each Georgian voter, who actively participated in election and cast vote. The voter turnout was very high, almost two million voters were ready to express their will. In addition, I would like to thank all electoral stakeholders, local and international observer organizations, which were committed ensuring transparency of the electoral process and during the whole day were supporting the entire electoral process. I would like to express my gratitude towards the media representatives for their great work. I would like to also thank each member of Election Administration for the hard work they have performed, which is still in the process”- stated Tamar Zhvania.

As the CEC Chairperson underlined, all media outlets, society will have an opportunity to receive updated information on preliminary election results from the Central Election Commission.

“District Election Commissions still receive the summary protocols. The protocols are being uploaded only after completing all procedures by election precincts. After submitting summary protocols to the DECs and uploading the protocols in the system, the official preliminary election results are counted. However, there are several election precincts, where the process is ongoing and we are waiting for the summary protocols. Accordingly, during the night we will update results and you will have an opportunity to gradually receive preliminary results”- stated CEC Chairperson.

Tamar Zhvania also talked about the complaints submitted to the DECs. As of now, 289 complaints are submitted. “Complaints are being submitted according to the certain rule. Within two days after drawing up the summary protocols, they can be appealed at the DECs. DECs discuss the complaints within the two-day term. During the E-day, Election Administration was ready to ensure relevant response to any procedural or any other type of malpractices. All complaints having considerable grounds, and not only, will be discussed and the relevant decision will be made within the term defined by the law”- stated CEC Chairperson at the news briefing.

Information for Georgian Citizens Residing Abroad

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Friday, 02 November 2018 11:02

Due to high public interest concerning the second round of presidential election, the Central Election Commission (CEC) presents information about certain procedures and terms.

In order to participate in the second round of presidential election, Georgian citizens residing abroad shall get consular registration or be registered abroad according to Georgian legislation.

Georgian citizens willing to participate in the second round of presidential election of Georgia and lacking consular registration may already contact consular offices/diplomatic representations or visit website www.geoconsul.gov.ge of consular office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and register online at the consular registry.

The final date to pass the list of citizens being on consular registration to the CEC is related with the date of the second round which will be defined by the CEC after summarizing October 28 election results.

It is noteworthy, that according to the legislation, the District Election Commissions (DEC) shall summarize election results no later than November 8th at electoral districts. Accordingly, the CEC within its powers plans to define necessary procedures and terms for the second round of the election.

In addition, after the CEC summarizes the final results of the first round, the CEC officially defines by ordinance the date of the second round of the election.

Polling Process is Over

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Monday, 29 October 2018 10:27

A news briefing on completing the polling process was conducted at the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia. As Ana Mikeladze, the CEC Spokesperson announced at the news briefing, all election precincts were closed at 20:00 according to the legislation.

“1 637 956 voters participated in the polling as of 20:00, which amounts to 46.74 % of total number of voters. The highest voter turnout was observed in Keda - 64.74 % and the lowest turnout was in Marneuli - 36.47 %. As for Tbilisi, voter turnout by 20:00 is 45.4 %. If we compare the voter turnout data to 2013 presidential election data, voter turnout in 2013 was 46.6 %. It is worth noting, that the voting process at the election precincts was conducted in a peaceful environment” – stated Ana Mikeladze.

According to the CEC Spokesperson, today, the CEC Call Center worked uninterruptedly. During the day, in total the CEC Call Center received 1 746 incoming calls and 497 messages were received via online chat. Majority of the calls referred to the verification of personal data in the unified list of voters, addresses of election precincts and précising the election procedures.

Vote counting procedures have been launched after closing the election precincts. After drawing up the election precinct summary protocols and completing all electoral procedure envisaged by the legislation, the protocols will be delivered to the relevant District Election Commission (DEC). DECs will upload the summary protocols in the Election Process Management System (EPMS) within the shortest possible time. Upon the receipt of PEC summary protocols the CEC will gradually publish them at the special website www.results.cec.gov.ge.

“Any interested person will have an opportunity to observe the process of summarizing preliminary election results at the CEC using internet livestreaming, which will be ensured through the 360 degree video camera and will be available at the CEC Facebook page, YouTube and official CEC website.

It worth noting, that four domestic observer organizations expressed their willingness to join the initiative suggested by the CEC and their observers along with the CEC operators will participate in the process of entering PEC summary protocols’ data in the program.

Ana Mikeladze also briefed the media about the submitted complaints. In total, 364 complaints are submitted at all District Election Commissions by the representatives of local observer organizations and election subjects. The complaints mainly refer to the procedural shortcoming and the majority of them were resolved at the election precinct. Majority of the complaints submitted at the DECs request imposing disciplinary liability measures to commission members and annulment of voting results at two election precincts.  

“Hereby, we would like to deliver information about various procedural shortcomings, for instance: an attempt to hinder the work of Precinct Election Commission by the election subject proxy was observed at N52 Marneuli election precinct. By the decision of the commission decision, the representative left the election precinct. Attempts to hinder the working process at N49 and N110 Kuatisi and at N6 Batumi election precincts, however after verbal notice the incidents were eliminated. At N49 Akhalkalaki PEC, the voter tried to vote without identification card. The commission did not allow the voter to cast the vote. Election subject representative did not let the observer of local observer organization “Multinational Georgia” to enter N26 Ninotsminda election precinct, as if the observer had a false registration certificate. After verifying the information the observer was allowed to enter to the Election precinct. An information was disseminated that at N18 Marneuli PEC four voters participated in elections using the Identification card with expired term. In one case the voter came to the election precinct with expired ID card, however, after the PEC explained that it was not possible to vote with the presented document, the voter casted vote using the passport of Georgian citizen.  In other three cases, voters possessed Perpetual ID cards accordingly they could participated in elections” Stated Ana Mikeladze.

Currently votes of two election precincts of Afghanistan are being counted. The results will be available  upon drawing up the summary protocols  at the CEC website.

At the end of the news briefing, Ana Mikeladze thanked voters on behalf of the Election Administration for active participation in election.

Final News Briefing of CEC Chairperson

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 09:01

Election of President of Georgia will be held on October 28th. Citizens of Georgia will elect the president for a six-year term. 25 presidential candidates participate in elections, including 19 nominated by political parties and six – by initiative groups of voters. 3 703 electoral precincts are ready to hold elections, including 55 precincts abroad and 11 precincts established in exceptional cases.

Two electoral precincts were opened in Afghanistan for Georgian armed forces dislocated abroad where polling already took place and the vote counting will begin on October 28th in Georgia once the voting is completed.

The Total Number of voters amounts to 3 518 877, together with persons registered abroad for elections, including 14 795 citizens registered abroad based on Georgian legislature.

The Election Administration (EA) offered a number of services to voters to simplify the process of verifying personal and family data in the unified list of voters. Overall, voters used such services more than million times (1 182 031) and verified their data in the voter list. Voter lists and its public versions are placed at Precinct Election Commissions (PEC).

On October 28th, at 08:00 morning all electoral precincts will be ready to serve the voters. Ballot papers are handed out to Electoral districts which are printed into Georgian, Armenian, and Azerbaijani languages and trilingual ballot papers (Georgian-Azerbaijani-Armenian) are printed for certain precincts (4). The process of handing out the electoral documentation and relevant materials to precincts is being actively launched. Precincts are equipped with all necessary inventory.

Two magnifying sheets will be available for voters with vision impairment and a tactile ballot guide for filling in ballots for blind voters every electoral precinct. Posters depicting the voting process is available for voters at every polling station. More than one-third of precincts are adapted for voters using wheelchairs, namely, 1264 adapted electoral precincts are available for voters using wheelchairs along with special voting cabins.

On October 28th, in addition to Election of President of Georgia, Sakrebulo By-elections to be held through majoritarian contest will be conducted at 6 polling stations in Terjola and Samtredia municipalities where the total of 7 925 voters are registered. 8 candidates are registered for Sakrebulo By-elections (4 in Terjola and 4 in Samtredia). Voters participating in Sakrebulo By-elections at 6 electoral precincts will be provided with two ballot papers, one for the presidential election and one for Sakrebulo By-elections.

In 2018, political parties and domestic observer organizations were enjoying the new technologies of the EA namely they were appointing members, proxies of the electoral subjects and observers at election commissions through online registration program.

It is noteworthy, that more than 82 000 proxies of electoral subjects, more than 22 000 observers of 73 domestic observer organizations and more than 1100 international observers of 58 international organizations registered for the presidential election will monitor the elections. Electoral process will be covered by more than 2000 journalists of 125 media organizations; among accredited media outlets, 31 are international and 94 are domestic media organizations.

According to election legislation, it is prohibited to conduct election campaign at the polling station on polling day. Therefore, we call on authorized persons at electoral precincts not to appear at the polling stations with advertising/agitation symbols and signs of electoral subjects.

On October 28, it is also prohibited to place paid or free advertisements on TV and radio broadcasters and publish public opinion polls before the polling ends.

Also, with regard to procedural violations on polling day, if proxies of electoral subjects and domestic observers identify violations, they shall immediately apply the relevant PEC with application/complaint; if the complaint is not responded appropriately, complainer may immediately appeal the above violation to upper DEC. Based on the legislation, any complaint submitted at CEC concerning violations detected at electoral precinct will be left undiscussed.

On October 28th, at 20:00, once the polling process is completed vote counting procedures will begin. Following the drawing up the PEC summary protocols, they will be sent by relevant district election commissions to the CEC in earliest possible time and CEC upon its receipt will gradually upload summary protocols at special website www.results.cec.gov.ge.

Summary protocols are being uploaded to the CEC results summarizing center and operators enter the summary protocol data in the special program.

At the same time, those non-governmental organizations who are actively attending the CEC sessions and are monitoring the CEC activities and participate in the activities of the EA, may participate in process of summarizing results, more precisely, their respective observers may if they wish along with CEC operators enter PEC summary protocols in special electronic program.

It is noteworthy that for ensuring transparency of the electoral processes, the CEC enables every interested person to observe the process of summarizing the preliminary results at the CEC via internet livestream. A 360-degree camera will be used to broadcast the process through CEC official Facebook account, Youtube and CEC official website”.

CEC Call Center - 2 51 00 51 and online chat of the Central Election Commission will operate for 24 hours. Deaf and hearing impaired voters after registering at CEC web-page may receive relevant information in sign language through a video call. Armenian and Azerbaijani language speaking voters may receive CEC Call Center’s services in their respective languages.

The CEC Media Center will also operate for 24 hours enabling representatives of the media and observer organizations to receive relevant information. The news briefing will be regularly held during the whole day at Media Center.

According to the legislation, the EA is fully prepared to serve voters in a professional manner; we call upon voters to actively participate in elections. Also, we appeal to electoral stakeholders to respect the public interest, be highly responsible towards the electoral process, respect the rule of law, and support the conduct of elections in a peaceful and free environment and ensure the realization of the free will of the electorate.

CEC CHAIRPERSON PRESENTED PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF MAYORAL ELECTIONS OF SELF-GOVERNING CITIES

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 07:31

Tamar Zhvania, the CEC Chairperson presented preliminary results of October 21 mayoral elections of self-governing cities as of 03:30am – “I would like to announce preliminary results currently submitted to the CEC. The votes are being counted at the Precinct Election Commissions and the summary protocols are drawn up. Afterwards, the protocols are sent to the District Election Commissions, where the data are uploaded in the electronic system, from where the CEC immediately receives the protocols and then they are uploaded at the special website www.results.cec.gov.ge. Preliminary results are processed by our operators. I would like to underline, that the certain number of election precinct protocols are received, however, we do not have the full picture yet. Since there are three types of ballot papers at each election precinct, the counting process may require the certain time. Hereby, I would like to mention, that the protocols that reflect the existing results were immediately uploaded on the CEC official website upon their receipt and everyone had the opportunity to see each summary protocol.

I would like to present the preliminary results of mayoral elections in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, Rustavi and Poti. These preliminary results are counted according to certain election precincts and the data is the subject of change. The information will be updated accordingly. As for the mayoral elections held in self-governing communities, we will upload the preliminary data online according to municipalities. The information will be accessible for all electoral stakeholders. In several hours, data of proportional and majoritarian elections will be also available. The CEC continues uploading the received summary protocols on its official website and updating preliminary results” – stated CEC Chairperson.

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