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Financial Support to the Government of Georgia for Presidential (Phase I) and Parliamentary (Phase II) Elections

Objective: Providing the Central Election Commission (CEC) with resources to administer the elections in an effective manner

Tbilisi 17 February 2004 - Georgian Minister of Finance Mr. Zurab Nogaideli, and Ambassador Roy Reeve, Head of the OSCE Mission to Georgia, signing 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 Euro.


POST-ELECTION UPDATE:

 

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.

 

18 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 were reported.

 

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.

PHASE II

Project Manager

Luis Martinez-Betanzos

Implemented by:

CEC

Total Budget

EUR 1,000,000

Documents

Agreement

Annex 1: Project Description

PHASE I

Project Manager

Luis Martinez-Betanzos

Implemented by:

CEC

Total Budget

EUR 1,282,000

Documents

Agreement

Annex 1: Project Description

 

 

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