Programme in Georgia
Support Georgia in view of the 2016 (parliamentary), 2017 (local) and 2018 (Presidential) elections
In Georgia, the Council of Europe implements a three-year project “support Georgia in view of the 2016 (parliamentary), 2017 (local) and 2018 (Presidential) elections” The project is a part of the Action Plan for Georgia 2016–2019 which is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the Georgia authorities and approved by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 16 March 2016. The Action Plan aims to support Georgia in fulfilling its statutory and specific obligations as a Council of Europe member state and to contribute towards addressing fundamental issues of human rights and rule of law.
What are the project objectives?
- Strengthening administrative, operational and management capacity of election management bodies (on the Central, District and Precinct Election Commissions level)
- Increasing administrative, operational and management capacity of the Political Party Finance Monitoring Department of the State Audit Office
- Reinforcing the capacities of domestic election observers to conduct professional election monitoring
- Increasing women’s political participation through enhanced capacities of women to engage as candidates and elected officials
- Enjoyment of electoral rights through increased awareness- raising of national minorities and first-time voters
- Increasing the capacities of regional media in providing professional coverage of elections
- Organizing high level conferences to allow to discuss lessons learnt and to develop recommendations for improving the electoral legislation and practice
Who are our partners?
The main partner of the project is the Central Election Commission of Georgia. The project also has a close partnership with the State Audit Office of Georgia. The Project also cooperates with Georgian civil society organizations monitoring the election process and other civil society organizations.
Electoral Development Schools aimed at increasing civic participation, raising voters’ awareness and promoting electoral issues among the public and especially among youth, vulnerable groups and ethnic minorities in Georgia. This is a pilot project implemented throughout 2015 by the Central Election Commission of Georgia and its Training Centre, in cooperation with the Georgian Young Lawyers Association and with the financial support of the Council of Europe.
Documentary prepared by GYLA (in cooperation with LDA Georgia) on the project Electoral Development Schools funded by the Council of Europe