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Elections and Political Processes

On October 1, 2012, the people of Georgia came out in record numbers for what turned out to be historic Parliamentary elections. Nearly ten years after the controversial Parliamentary elections in 2003 led to the Rose Revolution, Georgia’s President Saakashvili conceded that his party had been defeated by an opposition coalition in what was the country’s first peaceful and democratic transition of power. By achieving this milestone, Georgia set a regional example of commitment to democracy. In the lead-up to and during the next election cycle—which includes 2016 Parliamentary, 2017 local, and 2018 Presidential elections, USAID will continue to deepen and institutionalize Georgia’s electoral and political processes.

Current programs:

Strengthening Political Processes (SPP)
August 2014-Jan 2019

National Democratic Institute (NDI)
www.ndi.org
The purpose of the Strengthening Political Processes in Georgia (SPP) program is to deepen and institutionalize Georgia’s political processes by 1) continuing to build the capacity of political parties at the national and local levels; and 2) enhancing independent oversight of elections.NDI works to increase the legislative effectiveness of party caucuses in legislative bodies (Parliament and City Councils); and to enhance independent oversight of elections.
Strengthening Political Processes (SPP)
July 2014-Dec 2019
International Republican Institute (IRI)
www.iri.org
The purpose of the Strengthening Political Processes in Georgia (SPP) program is to deepen and institutionalize Georgia’s political processes by 1) continuing to build the capacity of political parties at the national and local levels; and 2) enhancing independent oversight of elections. IRI focuses on strengthening political parties, and to enhance independent oversight of elections.
 
Strengthening Electoral Processes (SEP)
July 2014 – Dec 2019
International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
www.ifes.org
The Strengthening Electoral Processes (SEP) project works towards the following objectives: 1) improve government capacity to administer and oversee free and fair electoral processes; and 2) enhance civic engagement around key electoral and political processes and reforms.
 

Strengthening Political and Electoral Environment for Democracy in Georgia (SPEED)
Feb 2016 – Feb 2019
ISFED

The SPEED project will conduct electoral and political process monitoring activities for the upcoming election cycle in Georgia which includes the 2016 parliamentary elections, the 2017 local elections, and the 2018 presidential elections. SPEED will also disseminate information to the public to engage citizens in electoral and political processes.

Promoting More Competitive, Fair and Inclusive Electoral Environment for 2016-2018 Electoral Cycle in Georgia
Feb 2016 - Feb 2019
Georgian Young Lawyer's Association (GYLA)

This project promotes equally accessible, competitive, and transparent electoral processes in Georgia for all. The project will promote independent investigations of criminal charges against political activists; monitor and evaluate law enforcement actions against electoral candidates; and provide legal support to approximately 10 independent municipal election candidates for politically motivated criminal and administrative cases.
 

Monitoring of Political Party Finances and Misuse of Administrative Resources during Electoral Processes
Feb 2016 – Feb 2019
Transparency International Georgia

The purpose of this project is to monitor the transparency of election campaign funding, political finance, and use of administrative resources for electoral purposes.

 

Providing People with Tools to Oversee Public Officials and Establish Democratic Checks and Balances (FactCheck) Program
Feb 2016 - Dec 2016
Georgia's Reforms Associates (GRASS)
br /> The purpose of FactCheck is to make political and electoral processes more competitive, deliberative, transparent and accountable. By monitoring the accuracy of statements made by political parties and elections candidates, FactCheck will increase the transparency and accountability of public officials, thereby contributing to increased confidence of Georgian citizens in the 2016 Parliamentary elections.

Last updated: September 08, 2016

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