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Regional Media Voter Education

Objective: Objective: to address the most common voter information needs in East and West Georgia through Production of a Documentary Film and its broadcast by Regional Television Stations

21 March 2004,Tbilisi. OSCE and Internews representatives editing the voter education documentary


POST-ELECTION UPDATE:

The 14-minute voter education documentary was broadcast during the prime time, for five days leading up to elections (23-27 March) in Georgian and Russian languages and is expected to have reached as many as 3 million Georgians according to Internews estimates. The transcripts in Georgian and English were distributed to OSCE and to interested OSCE/ODIHR observers deployed throughout Georgia for monitoring. On Election Day, a number of voters interviewed by GEAP observers reported having seen the documentary

 

26 MARCH 2004 UPDATE:

On 22 March 2004 the documentary was distributed to 27 regional television stations. The film is being aired in Georgian and Russian languages during prime time, for the five days leading up to the Election Day. The stations also air promotions of the film during that period.

 

18 MARCH 2004 UPDATE:

On March 15, the OSCE and the Internews Producer meet in order to discuss the on input for the documentary. OSCE will participate in the editing and reviewing of the documentary prior to airing. The production should raise awareness about the upcoming elections, who is being elected, the constituency boundaries, secrecy of vote, voter marking - as an efficient anti-fraud measure, basic political developments and institutions, role of the parliaments and its members and mobilizing them to participate in the 28 March 2004 Parliamentary Elections in Georgia

 

10 MARCH 2004 UPDATE:

An agreement was signed with Internews Georgia on 10 March. In the framework of the project Internews Georgia will produce one documentary film of maximum duration of 14 minutes. The documentary film will be aired by 27 regional television stations. The film will be aired regularly one time per day 6 days prior to the Election Day. The stations will also air promotions of the film during that period.

 

4 MARCH 2004 UPDATE:

On 25 February 2004, the tender period for voter education project proposals closed and subsequently the GEAP selection committee reviewed the 14 received proposals. The committee assessed that most of the new applicant organizations are either too inexperienced, overstretch their resources, or the proposals are unsubstantiated or duplicate already funded initiatives. However, discussions are ongoing with a couple of potential partner organisations.

 

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.

 

SHORT DESCRIPTION

The aim of the Voter Education Campaign through Production of a Documentary Film and its broadcast by Regional Television Stations is to raise the awareness of the communities in East and West Georgia about what the elections are for and how is elected, what are the constituency boundaries, that the vote is secret, the importance of voter marking - as an efficient anti-fraud measure (It is not this campaign’s aim to explain the voting procedures), basic political developments and institutions, role of the parliaments and its members and to mobilize them to participate in the 28 March 20004 Parliamentary Elections in Georgia. The campaign will address the most common voter information needs in East and West Georgia.

Project Manager

Khatuna Metreveli
Implemented by:
Internews
Total Budget
at EUR14,645

Documents

Agreement
Annex 1: Project Description
Interim Report

 

 

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