ISFED http://www.isfed.ge Rss Feeds en-us პლატფორმა „არა-ფობიას!“ იუსტიციის სახლთან მიმდინარე მოვლენებს ეხმაურება http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1459&lang=eng პლატფორმა „არა-ფობიას!“ ეხმაურება იუსტიციის სახლთან მიმდინარე მოვლენებს და მოუწოდებს სამართალდამცავ ორგანოებს, დაუყოვნებლივ მიიღონ სათანადო ზომები ადმინისტრაციული დაწესებულების შესასვლელის ბლოკირების საწინააღმდეგოდ, რაც ხელს უშლის მის ფუნქციონირებასა და იუსტიციის სახლის სერვისებით სარგებლობას. 2018-12-10 00:00:00 The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary Assesses the Prosecution Reform Results http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1458&lang=eng The Parliament of Georgia adopted the Organic Law on Prosecution with the third reading on November 30. The reform was based on the Constitutional reform of 2017-2018, which put the organizational setup and functions of the prosecution system in a new framework. The objective of the Constitutional reform of the prosecution system was ensuring its independence and political neutrality. 2018-12-07 00:00:00 Election Day Final PVT Results http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1457&lang=eng Based on the observation, ISFED can conclude that the tabulation of votes was mostly conducted in compliance with relevant electoral procedures. Similarly to the voting process, number of violations were reported during counting of votes, such as, improper filling of summary protocols and other procedural shortcomings. Incidents of violence were identified in Marneuli and Lagodekhi after closing of polling stations. ISFED filed 53 complaints with Precinct Electoral Commissions (PECs) and 76 complaints with District Electoral Commissions (DECs). 2018-11-29 00:00:00 Voting Process and Closing of Polling Station http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1456&lang=eng Based on the analysis of the information received through the PVT, ISFED concludes that the voting process at most of the polling stations throughout Georgia was conducted generally in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the law. However, during the voting process, violations of voters’ secrecy of vote remained as the most problematic. Outside of polling stations mobilization of coordinators and supporters of Georgian Dream and of Salome Zourabichvili were at massive scale. They were tracking the voters who came to the precincts, which is the continuation of an infamous malpractice of attempted influence on voters’ will. Cases of violations of secrecy of vote on Election Day and practice of tracking the voters once again highlight the problems related to the environment of intimidation and harassment during the pre-election period and its negative effect on the electoral process. 2018-11-28 00:00:00 Voting Process and Voter Turnout by 19:00 http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1455&lang=eng According to ISFED observers, the disturbing trend of mobilization of Georgian Dream party activists and so called coordinators outside of polling stations with the purpose of tracking the voters still continues. In isolated cases, PECs members were themselves tracking the voters who came or did not come to the polling stations. This is the continuation of a negative trend established in Georgia and it represents an attempt to control the free will of voters. 2018-11-28 00:00:00 Voting Process and Voter Turnout by 15:00 http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1454&lang=eng At the moment of this statement, an important trend is the attempts to influence the will of the voters. Similar to the first round of the presidential elections, supporters of Georgian Dream and candidate Salome Zourabichvili, and so called “party coordinators” are mobilized outside of polling stations in various districts. They are tracking the voters who came to the polling stations. ISFED observer also identified a possible case of vote buying near a precinct. 2018-11-28 00:00:00 Opening and Setting Up of Polling Stations - Data for 11 AM http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1453&lang=eng The International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) is monitoring the second round of 2018 Presidential Elections in all electoral districts around Georgia. ISFED Observation Mission consists of 651 short-term observers (STO) at polling stations, 73 observers deployed at district electoral commissions and 78 mobile teams. ISFED observers are also present at 12 polling stations abroad. PVT and Incident Centers are operating in the central office staffed with 15 operators and 10 lawyers. 2018-11-28 00:00:00 Evaluation of the pre-election environment of the 2018 presidential runoff http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1452&lang=eng Based on the outcome of the October 28, 2018 presidential election, President of Georgia had to be determined through a runoff election since none of the presidential candidates were able to secure over 50% of votes in the first round. The two candidates with most votes compete in the runoff – the Georgian Dream (GD) endorsed independent presidential candidate Salome Zourabichvili and the United National Movement (UNM) candidate Grigol Vashadze endorsed by united opposition under the name of Power in Unity. Presidential candidate Davit Bakradze – European Georgia, and the Georgian Republican Party have also publicly endorsed Grigol Vashadze. Salome Zourabichvili has been endorsed by the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia. 2018-11-27 00:00:00 Widespread intimidation, vote buying and misuse of administrative resources ahead of the presidential runoff http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1451&lang=eng On November 21, the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) published a report of pre-election monitoring of the runoff of the 2018 presidential election. The document covers the period from October 29 to November 19. 2018-11-21 00:00:00 Interim Report of the Pre-Election Monitoring of the Runoff - 2018 Presidential Elections http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1450&lang=eng The International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) began long-term observation of the pre-election period for the 2018 presidential election runoff on the day after the first round of the election. Since October 29, nearly 70 long-term observers (LTOs) of the organization have been involved in the monitoring nationwide. The monitoring is implemented with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The interim report of the pre-election monitoring of the runoff covers the period from October 29 to November 19. 2018-11-21 00:00:00 Investigation into instances of alleged election fraud must be launched http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1449&lang=eng Last week, an employee of the Public Service Development Agency informed us that the Agency is allegedly producing fake identification cards. According to this employee, fake ID cards are being printed with the purpose of rigging the second round of the presidential elections in favour of Salome Zurabishvili, and the Agency’s high-ranking officials are supervising the process. 2018-11-20 15:00:00 პლატფორმა ''არა-ფობიას!'' ექსპრეზიდენტის განცხადებებს კიდევ ერთხელ ეხმაურება http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1448&lang=eng სამოქალაქო პლატფორმა “არა ფობიას” წევრი ორგანიზაციები უკიდურეს შეშფოთებას გამოვხატავთ 2018 წლის 18 ნოემბერს „ერთიანი ნაციონალური მოძრაობის“ ლიდერის, მიხეილ სააკაშვილის მიერ გაკეთებულ ანტისემიტისტურ განცხადებაზე. კიდევ ერთხელ მოვუწოდებთ მას და სხვა პოლიტიკოსებს, თავი შეიკავონ სიძულვილის ენის გამოყენებისგან, კონკრეტული ჯგუფების შეურაცხმყოფელი და დამამცირებელი ტერმინებით მოხსენიებისა და სტერეოტიპების გავრცელებისგან. 2018-11-20 12:00:00 The initiative to write off debts represents unprecedented case of alleged vote buying http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1447&lang=eng The signatory organizations respond to the initiative announced by the Prime Minister of Georgia on November 19, according to which 600 000 voters will be written off debts. We believe that the initiative noted, which will be carried out by ,,Kartu’’ Foundation, is supposedly an unprecedented case of vote buying and law enforcement agencies should express interest. 2018-11-19 00:00:00 Widespread Intimidation Ahead of the Runoff Presidential Elections in Georgia http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1446&lang=eng ISFED has found that in the period between the first and the second rounds of the 2018 presidential election, acts of intimidation against voters have become widespread; new and unprecedented forms of influencing the will of the voters are used. 2018-11-19 00:00:00 The CEC decision overlooks interests of Georgian citizens http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1445&lang=eng The Central Election Commission did not take into account calls of NGOs and scheduled the election runoff for a weekday, on November 28. Although the electoral legislation allows holding of elections on a weekday, which is then declared a holiday, the decision is unacceptable and inexpedient. 2018-11-16 00:00:00 The Presidential Runoff Should be Scheduled on a Non-work Day http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1444&lang=eng According to the agenda of the CEC session today, in addition to summarizing the final election results, the electoral administration will also set the runoff election date, meaning that the presidential runoff will be scheduled for Wednesday, October 28. 2018-11-14 00:00:00 ISFED Statement on Threats against Salome Zourabichvili http://www.isfed.ge/index.php?a=main&pid=1442&lang=eng ISFED responds to the statement made today by the presidential candidate of Georgia, Salome Zourabichvili claiming that on November 9-10 and 11, she and her children received death threats through voice and text messages. 2018-11-12 00:00:00