Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia hosted a meeting with the Head of Observation Mission and the representatives of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR). At the meeting, an ongoing and planned CEC activities for the upcoming parliamentary elections were discussed.
The CEC Chairperson, Tamar Zhvania, shared the information with the representatives of the observation mission regarding the election processes, including updated voter’s list, registered electoral subjects and observer organizations. Pre-election environment was also discussed among the attendees.
OSCE/ODIHR launches observation mission in Georgia. This is a long-term mission, which aims to monitor not only pre-election period, but also the election processes. 26 observers from 15 countries are mandated in the long-term mission of OSCE/ODIHR, while 350 short-term observers are assigned to monitor the E-day.
Ambassador Alexandre Keltchewsky, Head of observation mission, Meaghan Fitzgerald, Deputy Head of Mission, Oleksii Lychkovakh, ODIHR Election Adviser, Kerstin Dokter, Long-term Observer Coordinator, Vania Anguelova, Election Analyst, Enira Bronitskaya, Legal Analyst and Dimash Alzhanov, Political Analyst of Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of OSCE were hosted at the CEC today.
Youth, representing ethnic minorities in Kvemo Kartli region received information on preparation process for the October 8, 2016 Parliamentary Elections.
At the special meeting, Sophio Sitchinava, Head of Coordination, Planning and Reporting Department presented information on E-day procedures and talked about the importance of their engagement in elections.
The meeting was organized in the framework of the project “informing ethnic minority voters for the Parliamentary Elections, 8 October 2016” financed by the CEC Training Center. The projects is being implemented by the NGO “Civic Integration Foundation”.
Similar meetings support the youth engagement in electoral processes and aims to maintain equal election environment.
The Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) addresses those political unions, which were granted (by the CEC decree №60/2016) with the right to participate in the Parliamentary Elections using the same sequence number assigned to them during the Extraordinary Municipal Elections / Municipal By-elections.
The agitation materials of the election subjects, as well as the free and paid advertisements aired by the national or/and local broadcasters for the parliamentary elections should not include the election subjects’ sequence number, which they are entitled to use, according to the same decree, only after casting lots for all relevant election subjects and adopting the appropriate ordinance by the CEC.
The social media and other media outlets report about the possible violation of the mentioned rule by the election bloc “Davit Tarkhan-Mouravi, Irma Inashvili –Alliance of Patriots of Georgia, United Opposition” and election bloc “Paata Burchuladze – State for People”.
Accordingly, the CEC calls upon all election subjects to respect the principle of equality and consider that, even though the political unions/blocs have not yet officially submitted at the election administration the candidates for the membership of the parliament, they - as registered election subjects, are still obliged to obey legislative requirements and the rules defined by the legislative acts while carrying out pre-election campaign. Otherwise, in case the similar facts are confirmed the CEC will consider them as a violation of the pre-election agitation rules.
The Central Election Commission (CEC) announced the voter turnout as of 17:00pm. 11,2 % of voters have already casted ballots in Gldani election district, 26,3% - in Gardabani, 40,3% - in Kaspi, 50,4% - in Tskaltubo, 49,3% - in Ozurgeti, 44,7% -in Khobi and 54,1% - in Zugdidi. The polling process is being conducted in peaceful election environment. In local majoritarian election districts where By-election are being conducted total number of voters amounts to 54, 314.
At the end of the news briefing, the CEC Spokesperson urged voters to actively participate in the elections.The CEC Spokesperson Ana Mikeladze presented the information regarding the complaints submitted at the election administration - “As of now, 10 complaints are submitted at District Election Commissions (DEC) and 8 complaints - at Precinct Election Commissions (PEC). Some of the complaints submitted at the DECs and PECs are similar caused by the fact that according to the election legislation authorized persons have right to submit complaints at both level of election administration. The complaints refer to the minor procedural violations, which will be discussed by the relevant election commissions”- stated Ana Mikeladze.