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Project 6: Community Based Voter Education

Objective: Provide all  voters with  access to information about the election process and anti-fraud measures in a language they understand.

LESSONS LEARNED:

  • Before undertaking any future activities, it should be assessed if OSCE can contract the local NGO directly, which would make more funding available for direct project costs and increase the involvement of the NGO, in this way raising their confidence and build further capacity.

  • A proper mechanism for assessing the impact on the target group should be considered. One option would be to have the age of voters covered as part of an exit-poll.

  • Some materials as caps, pens and stickers did not have the OSCE logo. This may be stressed in future projects. Also, the efficiency of this kind of material as a tool in voter education is very difficult to evaluate.

PHASE I PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION:

Voters between 18 and 30 years of age in many cases are especially passive. However, this age group may be reached by “special events” in which celebrities are participating. Such events should contribute to the readiness to cast one’s vote and raise awareness of electoral issues in a more effective way.

The National Council of Youth Organizations of Georgia (NCYOG) together with IRI carried out the Project jointly in 22 towns in the regions of Georgia. IRI and NCYOG organized meetings of Georgian celebrities with the population. Actors of the Pa-Séance TV show created an informal atmosphere for the discussion of election related issue with the populations in the regions of Georgia. Each meeting consisted of a show performed by creative teams increasing awareness of the population on electoral issues as well as public entertainment. The meetings took place in the halls of regional culture centers; duration of each meeting was 2 hours.

Project Manager

Sophio Gelashvili

Implemented by:

IRI and NCYOG

Total Budget

EUR 19,000
Project Documents
Agreement
Annex 1: Project Decsription
Final Report

 

 

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