Georgia’s Central Election Commission ready to hold local elections

OSCE: "Strongly competitive and well-run, yesterday’s elections offered an opportunity for voters to make informed choice." Photo by N. Alavidze/, 14 Jul 2017 - 13:10, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) announced today that they are ready to hold upcoming local elections which will take place at the end of October.

The state budget has already allocated 39 million GEL to the elections.

Spokesperson of the CEC Ana Mikeladze said the Commission has conducted several projects to raise the public’s awareness to the election process and encourage youth to understand the importance of elections.

  • One of such projects was "We Speak with Voters”, which aimed to inform voters of the upcoming elections and discuss other similar issues with them. CEC representatives held  449 meetings in Georgian regions within the framework of the project.

President of Georgia names dates for elections. Photo by President's press office. 

Another project is "Courses for Election Administration”, which was conducted in 63 municipalities and trained attendees in election day  procedures.

Those that participated in the project can either be employed by the election administration or by monitoring organizations.

  • Mikeladze also mentioned the project "Election Development School”, with the involvement of 18 to 24-year- olds. 

The project familiarizes the younger generation with election-related topics.

The project is being implemented in 23 municipalities. For the first time, youth from the Tserovani IDP settlement and the Pankisi Gorge have been involved in the project,” Mikeladze stated.

Milekadze claimed that various activities have been initiated to ensure a maximally-inclusive election process.

President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili will name the date of the election at the end of August.

For now he has only announced that local elections will be held sometime at the end of October.