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Community Based Voter Education Initiative in Western Georgia

Objective: All voters should have access to information about the election process and anti-fraud measures in a language they understand.

OSCE monitored community based voter education in Tskhmorisi in Ajara on 12 March 2004.


POST-ELECTION UPDATE:

On 27 March the activities carried out by the implementing partner CARE through sub-contracted NGOs were concluded in all regions of Western Georgia. Most of the planned meetings were conducted with at least one meeting taking place in each of more than 300 different communities. Over 80,000 copies of different information leaflets were distributed. In total an estimated 90,000 people were reached.

 

23 MARCH 2004 UPDATE:

Following the developments of 14 March 2004 in Ajara, the activities in this region were suspended due to security concerns. On 21 March, following the normalization of the situation in Ajara, CARE re-launched its voter education activities in the region. A total of 6 community based voter education meetings could not be conducted as a result, but CARE prepared a new schedule to make up for the lost time.

 

18 MARCH 2004 UPDATE:

To date around 400 community based voter education meetings (with some 14,800 participants) were conducted and more than 50,000 leaflets distributed.

A monitoring visit was organized on 11 and 12 March 2004. The CARE offices in Kutaisi and Batumi were visited, interviews conducted with a local NGO conducting community based voter education meetings in Ajara and a community meeting in Ajara attended. At the time of the monitoring project implementation was progressing as planned. However, following the developments on 14 March 2004 in Ajara, the activities in this region have been suspended due to security concerns

 

10 MARCH 2004 UPDATE:

Following the signature of the MoU, CARE initiated meetings with community representatives. The only obstacle CARE faced up to date was that certain meetings were scheduled in the same area as CEC meetings and therefore the expected numbers of participants were somewhat lower. To deal with that problem, CEC and CARE exchanged their schedules to avoid this kind of overlap in future.

A monitoring visit was planned between 6-8 March to CARE meetings taking place in Kobuleti (Ajara) and Samagrelo. Due to the adverse weather conditions and closing of the Gori Pass, the team returned to Tbilisi on 6 March and postponed the monitoring visit until 11 March.

 

4 MARCH 2004 UPDATE

Following extensive consultations on project proposal budget and narrative, the final budget and content for the information sessions and print materials were agreed on 26 February 2004. Major concerns raised during the consultations focused on overhead of 15% which was not paid to CARE in the first phase, significant differences in staff costs between different implementing NGOs and printing and fuel costs. The overhead was reduced to reflect CARE standard overhead rate of 8%, and other costs were justified by CARE in an extensive budget narrative. On 1 March 2004 the Agreement on the project was signed and CARE submitted a detailed schedule for the upcoming week in order for GEAP to monitor first training activities, particularly in Ajara. The first field monitoring visit to the project is planned for 7 March 2004.

 

24 FEBRUARY 2004 UPDATE:

The deadline for submitting proposals is on 25 February 2004. Due to the limited timeframe negotiations with potential implementing partners are ongoing.

 

11 FEBRUARY 2004 UPDATE:

Final proposals from the implementing partner is still pending.

Polling procedures are discussed during a community gathering in Sviri (Presidential Elections)


PHASE I:

For the Presidential Elections the implementing partner, CARE, carried out voter education in communities who are involved in the West Georgia Community Mobilisation Initiative (W-GCMI) using five local NGO partners. The communities are in the regions of Samegrelo, Imereti, Guria, Racha Lechkhumi and Ajara. Prior to the implementation of the project by the local NGO for each region, a series of meetings were 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). 

 

SHORT DESCRIPTION

The project foresees that communities across Western Georgia will participate in regular voter information/education sessions designed to address the most common voter information needs such as Election Day procedures, information on basic political processes and institutions, how to vote on Election Day, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

PHASE II

Project Manager

Tihana Bartulac
Implemented by:
CARE
Total Budget
at EUR 53,094
Documents
Interim Report from CARE
Agreement
Annex 1: Project Description
OSCE Mission to Georgia OSCE website

OSCE Mission to Georgia Krtsanisi Govermental Residence No. 5 Tbilisi, Georgia Tel./Fax: (+995 32) 910610
e-mail: pm-ge@osce.org