Currently, IFES and UNDP continue to
be the only organizations capable of launching a training
operation of this scale and within such a tight timeframe. With
their training experience, human resources, materials and staff
accumulated from previous elections in Georgia it is recommended
(despite the high overhead costs of IFES) that the OSCE continue
to work with these partners for Phase II.
Coordination: The initial overlap
between the training programmes of GYLA and IFES/UNDP was overcome
by reaching a compromise, whereby the first covered the DECs and
the latter the PECs. In future it is recommended that the CEC take
steps to ensure that there is a single training programme to be
implemented by the various actors.
Assessing the PEC training: An
independent verification of the quality of PEC and DEC training
should be done in order to assess needs for future trainings.
Attendance of PEC training: Except
for the difficulties of traveling in some snowy areas, the
deliberate non-participation from some PEC Chairmen and members
should be investigated by DECs, explained and lead to suggested
improvements for Phase II.
PEC training evaluations: The
analysis of 517 evaluation forms (addressing 13 specific issues
from the training) illustrated that the training was highly
appreciated by trainees. However, since there was little variation
in the responses and the data collected was quantitative and not
qualitative, the results were of limited value. Post election
workshops organized by IFES involving trainers, PEC members and
DEC members were a much more useful evaluation tool for
qualitative improvements to training programmes.
Use of Trainers on Election Day.
IFES/UNDP Trainers were able to provide valuable technical support
on Election Day to DECs and PECs, but this was not done in a
coordinated way. In future, there should be a plan in place to
fully make use trainers as technical resources in order to both
monitor and support the activities of the PECs and DECs.
PHASE I PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION:
For the 4 January 2004 Presidential
Elections, a training programme for election administrators in
Georgia was prepared and produced under the direction of the CEC
with support from IFES and UNDP. The implementing partners, IFES and
UNDP, prepared a joint training plan, which built upon the training
curriculum developed for the 2 November 2003 Parliamentary
Elections. For the 4 January 2004 Presidential Elections, the
training plan and methodology was enhanced to address previously
Applying lessons learned from the 2
November 2003 Parliamentary Elections and the recommendations of the
OSCE Mission to Georgia, a regional coordination structure was
established in order to increase communication between trainers in
the 75 districts and the IFES/UNDP trainers working with the CEC
Secretariat in Tbilisi. The quality and consistency of the training
programme was reflected in the improved performance and knowledge of
polling procedures by members of the PECs and DECs. Manuals and
training modules were also revised and improved, based on feedback
from trainers, observers and electoral administration staff.
The training of trainers was conducted
in two sessions between 17-21 December. The sessions were well
conducted by a skilled and experienced training team using updated
materials as required. Among the 2,620 PECs planned to be trained
(excluding Ajara PECs), 107 received no training for reasons mostly
related to adverse weather conditions and difficult access to
training venues. Excluding the PECs from Ajara, a total of 6,144 PEC
members underwent training within the Project out of 7,890 planned,
a participation rate of 77.9%.
DEC members were not trained under
this Project as originally planned, as an agreement was made by the
CEC that GYLA (Georgian Young Lawyers Association) should train DECs.
The final financial report reflects savings incurred respectively.