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Elections and Political Processes

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The overarching purpose of USAID/Georgia’s Elections and Political Processes (EPPs) (2019-2023) Project is to ensure Georgian citizens and their diverse interests are better represented and satisfied through the political system.   Georgia’s diverse population can be stratified into numerous distinctive groups whether based on ethnicity, religion, age, socioeconomic class, place of residence, profession, etc.  These groups, which collectively form Georgia’s citizenry, have their own varied interests and needs that at times compete with those of other groups of citizens.  Georgia’s political system, including its political parties and preeminent political voices, however, does not sufficiently represent these differentiated interests coming from different elements of society.  For this reason, not all citizens consistently have an electoral option with aligned views or an opportunity for a representative committed to championing their cause.  As a result, the needs of some Georgians go undebated and unaddressed.  This project seeks to change that.  While previous iterations of USAID/Georgia’s EPPs Project have aimed at institutional and procedural reform, this project focuses on aligning the conditions such that Georgia’s political system can deliver meaningful, responsive results for its citizens.

To achieve the overarching project purpose, there are four contributing sub-purposes that address the supply, demand, and structural elements of better representing and satisfying the needs of citizens through the political system: 

  1. Bolster the capacity of political parties to better link with constituents and more effectively formulate, articulate, and represent differentiated policy platforms that are responsive to their interests before, after, and between election cycles; 
  2. Empower and enable the electorate to effectively demand issue-based political party programs and policy agendas responsive to its needs;
  3. Boost participation and representation of politically marginalized groups (i.e. women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities) to ensure their interests are heard and represented.        

Current Programs:

Georgia Elections and Political Processes Support                             
April  2019 – March 2023
Consortium for Elections and Political Processes (CEPPS)

USAID’s flagship elections project aims to strengthen the conditions for pluralism and more responsive political representation. In particular, it builds the capacity of political parties to forge connections with constituents; empowers citizens to engage with parties and hold them more accountable; and provides technical assistance to improve electoral administration and promote level-playing-field electoral competition.

FAIR Elections in Georgia                                                              
 August 2019 –March 2023                                                                  

The International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED)
www.isfed.ge
This project strives to strengthen electoral integrity, transparency, and accountability through impartial electoral and political process monitoring and independent election observation. The project employs long- and short-term election observation through sophisticated monitoring methods, including Parallel Vote Tabulation and Social Media Monitoring, and facilitates timely detection of electoral irregularities, contributing to evidence-based advocacy for electoral reform.

Free, Fair and Equal Electoral-Political 2019-2022 Cycle in Georgia           
July 2019 –July 2022
Georgian Young Lawyer's Association (GYLA)
   
www.gyla.ge
This project promotes more transparent and accountable electoral dispute resolution processes before, during, and after elections. Activities include the monitoring of election disputes, elections-related court cases, decisions of election management bodies (State Audit, Inter-Agency Task Force, Central Election Commission, and district and precinct commissions), and politically motivated criminal and administrative prosecutions.
 

Monitoring the Political Party Finances and Misuse of Administrative Resources during Election Processes 
Sept.2019 ‐ Sep 2022
Transparency International Georgia 

www.transparency.ge
This project strives to increase the transparency of political finance and the use of administrative resources for electoral purposes. Activities include conducting Parallel Expenditure Tracking of leading political parties, monitoring party income/expenditure reporting, oversight of the State Audit Office political finance reporting, and reporting on the misuse of administrative resources in elections.

Monitoring of Electoral Processes in Minority Regions
Sep 2019 ‐ Sep 2022
Public Movement for Multi‐National Georgia (PMMG)

www.pmmg.org.ge
This project aims to support the political participation of ethnic minorities by raising awareness of electoral rights and procedures, electoral systems, and the need for more engaged and informed political participation. Activities include full-cycle monitoring of electoral processes in ethnic minority regions, ethnic minority voter educational programs, and research on minority electoral and political rights.

 

DRIVE Democracy:  Developing Regional Information and Voter Empowerment for Democracy
Aug 2019 ‐ Aug 2022
Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy

www.eemcd.org
This project contributes to empowering Georgian citizens to effectively demand issues-based political party programs and policy agendas that are responsive to their needs. It focuses on establishing formal and informal channels for dialogue between elected representatives and constituents; equipping citizens with the skills to effectively engage political parties on behalf of their interests; and supporting voters in holding elected representatives accountable for delivering on campaign promises.

 

Promoting Youth Transformational Leaders in Georgia
October 2019 – March 2023
Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP)

www.gip.ge
This project supports transformational young political leaders in Georgia, irrespective of political affiliation, to enhance their participation and representation in public life. The project provides active young people with the fundamental skills for political participation, such as leadership, effective communication, and understanding the political landscape in Georgia. It enhances active citizenship competences and strengthens the role of young women and minorities in public life in Georgia.

Last updated: April 28, 2020

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