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.
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”.
Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia evaluated the voting and vote counting process. Ms. Zhvania thanked voters, all electoral stakeholders and Election Administration (EA) staff for their input in electoral processes. At the news briefing, the CEC Chairperson presented information to the media on October 8 Election results.
Please see the statement of the CEC Chairperson:
“Vote counting process at election precincts is completed. Overall elections were conducted in a peaceful environment, despite some specific cases, although the voters exercised the right of suffrage freely during the Election Day. I would like to thank voters, who fulfilled their civil duty and expressed positive attitude towards the election process by their active participation. I would also like to convey my gratitude to each EA member and employees; since they have put a great effort to ensure high quality service to the voter and contributed to the expression of voters’ free will. It should be emphasized, that various services suggested by the CEC ensured advanced voting process. Accessibility and transparency of these processes are guaranteed and consequence of the mentioned was observed on E-day. In order to ensure the efficiency of the process, it is highly important to perform various activities to refine legislative procedures in terms of vote counting and simplifying in this respect. The EA expresses full readiness to cooperate with all electoral stakeholders.
We have got introduced with the evaluations of international observer organizations regarding the EA. Almost all assessments were positive. Hereby, I would like to thank all electoral stakeholders, international and local observer organizations for their effort and support.
As for the election results – they are available at the CEC official webpage. At this stage, election results of proportional election system from more than 3 667 election precincts are accessible on the CEC webpage. At the same time, 3 446 majoritarian protocols are already included in the results. Based on the preliminary results, more probably, the second round of Parliamentary Elections will be held in 50 – 53 majoritarian election districts.
The summary protocols and information from the PECs on Sakrebulo By-elections and Extraordinary Elections of Mayor and Gamgebeli are uploaded at the CEC webpage. The results are entered with exception of few election precincts and it appears that the second round of Gamgebeli Elections might be conducted in several election districts and municipalities”.