Rustavi Community discussion on violations of the
The OSCE contracted Mercy Corps
which sub-contracted seven local NGOs to carry out voter education
activities throughout East and Southern Georgia.
Similar to project 9 in West Georgia, it
was of significant importance to have a central organization as
Mercy Corps, with an established network and expertise, to manage
and monitor the activities of so many local NGOs.
Training of trainers further
directly involved in project implementation preceded the decision
of project funding and monitoring activities, thus creating
difficulties of its evaluation. This may be coordinated and
organized better in future projects.
Increased coordination with other
voter education projects should provide an opportunity for
additional dissemination of materials, leaflets, posters, etc.
Attempts should be made in order to
draw up principles for evaluating project impact, e.g. minor tests
to be completed by trainees.
PHASE I PROJECT
For Presidential Elections the
project, through the implementing partner Mercy Corps, supported
voter education initiatives through seven local NGOs in the
following districts; Akhalkalaki, Ninotsminda, Akhaltsikhe (Samtskhe-Javakheti
Region), non-Azeri communities in Sagarejo, Akhmeta, Kvareli, Telavi
Town (Kakheti Region), non-Azeri communities in Marneuli (Kvemo-Kartli
Region), Akhalgori, Mtskheta (Mtskheta-Tianeti Region), Gori
including Gori Town (Shida Kartli Region). In addition, the
implementing partner directly implemented voter education in areas
of Kvemo Kartli Region not covered by other agencies. The focus on
Kvemo Kartli was a consequence of the high level of violations of
the electoral code during the November 2003 parliamentary elections,
which partly led to an abolition of election results by court
the implementation of the project by the local NGO for each region,
a series of meetings have been held with representatives of the
local NGOs, local government and regional authorities, to introduce
the Community Based Voter Education Initiative objectives. Local
NGOs participated in a two-day training seminar, and were provided
with specific voter education materials by the International
Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). An agreement between
the Mission and the implementing partner, Mercy Corps, was signed on
19 December 2003.