Following the conclusion of Precinct
Election Commissions’ Election Day activities the payment of
salaries for the more than 40,000 election commission officials
commenced on 29 March 2004. Under the agreement signed between the
OSCE and the Ministry of Finance of Georgia (MoF) a second
installment of up to EUR 200,000 will be processed upon provision of
the necessary documents and a further review based on the
Government’s actual expenditures. In line with the agreement, the
OSCE transferred the first installment of EUR 800,000 on 15 March
2004 after reviewing the submitted documents.
23 MARCH 2004 UPDATE:
The second installment of up to EUR
200,000 will be processed in April upon provision of the necessary
documents by the Government of Georgia.
MARCH 2004 UPDATE:
After revising the documents from the
Treasury Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia on the
payment of GEL 4.13 million (EUR 1.8 million) to the 75 District
Election Commissions, the OSCE transferred the first installment of
EUR 800,000 on 15 March 2004
10 MARCH 2004 UPDATE:
On March 9 the Treasury Service of the Ministry of Finance of
Georgia (MoF) submitted to the OSCE Mission documents proving
payment of Gel 4.13 million to 75 District Election Commissions.
After revision of the documents and following the agreement with the
MoF, the OSCE is in process of transferring first installment of
Euro 800 thousand. The second installment will be processed
beginning of April. No difficulties in withdrawal of funds by DECs
3 MARCH 2004 UPDATE:
On 24 February 2004, the
Ministry of Finance transferred a total of GEL 4 Million to the
District Elections Commissions. According to the agreement
with the OSCE
the first instalment of Euro
800,000 will be transferred from the OSCE to the State Treasury
Service of Ministry of Finance once OSCE receives documents
confirming payment of the equivalent amount by Government to the CEC/DEC.
This is expected to happen in the first weeks of March.
As a consequence of OSCE advice based on lessons
learned from Phase I the CEC has developed a more detailed
budget including all expenses thereby facilitating increased
transparency and coordination of donor funding. In addition PEC/DEC
bank accounts with certain commercial banks where delays were
previously encountered have been changed.
On 17 February 2004,
Georgian Minister of Finance Mr. Zurab Nogaideli on behalf of the
Government of Georgia, and Ambassador Roy Reeve, Head of the OSCE
Mission to Georgia, signed the Agreement on the Replenishment of the
Expenses of the Government of Georgia for the Parliamentary
Elections on 28 March 2004, in the amount of 1 million Euros.
According to the agreement first instalment of Euro 800,000 will be
transferred to the State Treasury Service of Ministry of Finance
once OSCE receives documents confirming payment of the equivalent
amount by Government to the CEC/DEC. This is expected to happen in
the first week of March. The second instalment up to Euro 200,000
will be transferred to the State Budget in the first half of April
after presentation of evidences for additional expenses of the State
for the Parliamentary Elections.
11 FEBRUARY 2004 UPDATE:
Negotiations on the details of an agreement for
Phase II Parliamentary Elections are being finalized.