Georgian CEC swings into action after elections day is announced

The Georgian Central Elections Commission has swung into action as soon as the date of the parliamentary poll was announced.

The Commission has been meeting daily under the chairmanship of Zurab Kharatishvili.

On August 2, 2012 at the session, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia approved the timeline for CEC activities related to the poll At the same session, the commission determined the rule of distributing/using the funds, allocated by the state, in order to conduct the Parliamentary Elections of October 1, 2012; as well as the rule of distributing/using the funds by district election commissions (DEC) for organizing the elections. Along with the rules, conditions and terms for the competition of the members of the precinct election commission (PEC) – created for the Parliamentary Elections 2012, the CEC also determined the number of assistant and technical staff of the DECs. Report form of election-related expenses of the DECs has also been approved. The commission defined the minimum amount of supporters’ signatures for the candidates, nominated by initiative group of voters at relevant majoritarian election district for the Parliamentary Elections 2012.

On August 4, 2012, the Georgian CEC appointed its representatives at District Election Commissions (DEC) and Precinct Election Commissions (PEC) of those DECs for the Elections of the Parliament of Georgia 2012; the CEC determined rights and duties of the above-mentioned newly elected representatives as well. The commission defined the type of badges of its representatives appointed at the DECs and PECs. The CEC also elected temporary members of all the District Election Commissions (73 DECs). The CEC determined the rule of creating the PECs, special groups, their composition, polling terms and summarizing the election results, in order to ensure the participation in the proportional Parliamentary Elections 2012 and the realization of the voting rights for the Georgian citizens, serving at peacekeeping battalions of Georgian Armed Forces in Afghanistan – in Georgian military units dislocated abroad.

On August 5, 2012, the CEC adopted an ordinance on making amendments in the Agenda of Electoral Activities for the Elections of the Parliament of Georgia, to be conducted on October 1, 2012. The commission also adopted a decree on making amendments in the CEC regulation. At the same session, types of ballot boxes and envelopes for the Parliamentary Elections 2012 were defined. The commission refused to register international NGO “The National Section of Georgia of International Society for Human Rights” (ISHR-IGFM). Source: CEW with the Central Elections Commission of Georgia.