The Central Election Commission of Georgia has tested electronic machines for vote-counting during the Zugdidi by-elections yesterday.
Electronic voting machines (EVMs) use a keyboard, touch-screen, mouse, pen or other electronic device to allow voters record their votes electronically. DREs are used in polling stations.
The system captures the voter’s choices and stores an electronic record of their vote in the machine. The data captured is then transmitted by either electronic means or manually.
Electronic vote counting is being implemented for research and evaluation purposes, which aims at studying the possibilities of introducing the election technologies in the electoral process in Georgia,” stated CEC Spokesperson Ana Mikeladze.
The woman is voting with the help of the electronic voting device. Photo: Central Election Commission press office.
The pilot project on vote counting is being implemented in cooperation with the Canadian international organization DELIAN.
By-elections at Tsaishi community, which took place because of the death of Tsaishi majoritarian deputy last year, were held at three election precincts yesterday.
2,819 voters were registered for the elections, while 1,337 participated in it.
Three candidates, 77 local observers of 20 local observer organizations and 10 international observers of three international observer organizations were registered for the by-elections.
255 representatives of 15 media outlets covered the elections.
Candidates from the Georgian Dream ruling party, from the European Georgia opposition and the Free Georgia opposition party participated in the elections.
Based on the preliminary information by CEC, ruling party candidate Tengiz Almasia is winning the race.