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Domestic Election Observation

Objective: Provide for an independent account of  the election results through domestic election observation.

POST-ELECTION UPDATE:

In an effort to mobilize the will of the Georgian political elite to commit to free, fair and peaceful elections, the implementing partner New Generation New Initiative (NGNI) initiated the signing among various political parties of the Memorandum on the Elections Free of Violence. On Election Day, the NGNI deployed some 2000 observers across polling stations in Georgia. Findings of the polling and tabulation procedures were reported to the public during the day as well as at joint briefing with other domestic observer groups at the end of the election-day.

 

23 MARCH 2004 UPDATE:

Similar to other election observer groups, New Generation also continues observer training and co-ordination meetings. A list of all observers to be deployed at electoral precincts has been finalized. On 22 March New Generation held a coordination meeting with other domestic election observer groups (including FEF and ISFED). Taking into account previous cases of intimidation and harassment of domestic election observers in some regions of Georgia, and to address potential threats or critical situations in a more effective manner, the participants agreed to share contact information of their district and regional coordinators, particularly in the regions of Ajara and Kvemo Kartli; other prospective areas of cooperation between these groups on the election-day and in the follow-up period were also discussed.

 

18 MARCH 2004 UPDATE:

On 12 March 2004, the ‘New Generation New Initiative’, an umbrella movement consisting of several civil society organizations, among them ‘New Generation’, conducted a gala opening of their election observation campaign. The OSCE continues to monitor preparation activities taking place at the central and regional levels.

 

4 MARCH 2004 UPDATE:

On 2 March 2004 the Agreement was signed with the Georgian NGO ‘Generation' (Taoba) for the implementation of a comprehensive domestic election observation programme. The support from the OSCE will allow Generation to field some 500 observers while funding from USAID has provided the organisation with resources for 1500 observers, bringing the total number of deployed observers to 2000. Project implementation will commence in the coming week.

 

11 FEBRUARY 2004 UPDATE: 

Negotiations with the Georgian NGO 'new Generation new Inistiative' (nGnI) and IRI on the details of an agreement are ongoing.  

 

BACKGROUND

In a political climate likely to be tense (it is a commonplace that the Parliamentary Elections will be much more challenged than the Presidential Elections), it is critical that sufficient resources are allocated to domestic election observation organizations, in particular enabling them to allocate domestic observers to each and every precinct throughout the country and to carry out parallel vote tabulation. Diversification to several domestic election observer groups will increase the chance to receive independent and reliable information.

The aim of this project is to raise public trust in the election process. Deploying domestic observers throughout the country will provide an independent account of the election results to provide a firmer basis for the possibility to challenge the election results in court, in case of discrepancies.

It is envisaged that several non-governmental organization will be funded to undertake domestic observation throughout the country, thus increasing transparency within the domestic observation structures and promoting public confidence in the election results.

PHASE II

Project Manager

Nana Kalandadze
Implemented by:
Taoba

Total Budget

at EUR 14,710
Documents
Agreement
Annex 1: Project Description
OSCE Mission to Georgia OSCE website

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