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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. Empower and enable the electorate to effectively demand issue-based political party programs and policy agendas responsive to its needs;
  4. 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 activities in EPPs sector:

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

Georgia Elections and Political Processes program ensures Georgia’s democracy is more responsive to citizen needs by strengthening the conditions for greater pluralism and representation of the electorate.  The activity builds the capacity of political parties to better engage with constituents and enables citizens to demand engagement with parties and hold them accountable for the quality of their representation.  Technical assistance also aims to level the electoral playing field such that parties can fairly compete in articulating citizen needs and plans for addressing them, and are inclusive of women, youth, and minorities in electoral and political processes.

FAIR Elections in Georgia                                                              
Feb August 2019 –March 2023                                                                  

The International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED)
www.isfed.ge
FAIR Elections in Georgia activity contributes to accomplishing more equal, free and fair electoral and political processes in Georgia by facilitating accountability, integrity and reforms in elections in Georgia, through  providing the public with an independent and impartial assessment of elections and related political processes based on comprehensive and credible monitoring using sophisticated and innovative methods (including Parallel Vote Tabulation and Social Media Monitoring); facilitating confidence in electoral processes through timely detection and reaction to electoral irregularities and tracking the handling of violations by election administration and relevant agencies; and contributing to bolstering robust electoral framework through comprehensive recommendations and evidence-based advocacy for electoral reforms.

Free, Fair and Equal Electoral-Political 2019-2022 Cycle in Georgia           
July 2019 –July 2022
Georgian Young Lawyer's Association (GYLA)
   
www.gyla.ge
The “Free, Fair and Equal Electoral-Political 2019-2022 Cycle in Georgia” activity promotes competitive and transparent electoral processes in Georgia.  It conducts monitoring and research of political-electoral processes in between the elections, during and after elections, and will act upon the problems identified in the process through robust advocacy, awareness raising, and strategic litigation to shape the regulatory environment towards a fairer and more equal electoral environment.  The activity interventions include monitoring of election dispute resolution processes, elections-related court cases, decisions of election management bodies (State Audit, Inter-Agency Task Force, Central Election Commission, and district and precinct commissions), politically motivated criminal and administrative persecution, etc.

 

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

www.transparency.ge
The purpose of the Monitoring of Political Party Finances and Misuse of Administrative Resources During Election Processes activity is to monitor transparency in election campaign funding, political financing and use of administrative resources for electoral purposes. The activity will focus on tracking any developments related to political finance, including assessing financial reports of political parties, tracking and assessing any relevant amendments to legislation, and the work of the State Audit Office; conducting Parallel Expenditure Tracking (PET) of leading political parties; and researching and publishing reports 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)

The Monitoring of Electoral Processes in Minority Regions activity increases political participation of ethnic minorities in Georgia and builds awareness of minority voters about electoral rights and procedures, electoral systems, and the need for informed participation in the elections to generate greater qualitative as well as quantitative participation of ethnic minorities in the electoral process.  The activity will conduct full‐cycle monitoring of electoral processes in ethnic minority regions of Samtskhe‐Javakheti, Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli, Mtskheta‐Mtianeti and Kakheti; implement ethnic minority voters’ educational programs; and prepare research on how political and electoral rights are exercised by ethnic minorities in elections.

 

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

The DRIVE Democracy activity contributes to achieving the USAID project objective to empower and enable the electorate to effectively demand issues‐based political party programs and policy agendas responsive to its needs. The activity focuses on establishing routine channels and formal mechanisms for dialogue between elected representatives and constituents; equipping citizens groups with the skills to effectively engage political parties and elected representatives on behalf of their interests; supporting voters in holding political actors accountable for implementing platforms and policies and for delivering on campaign promises.  The activity utilizes the innovative combination of merging capacity building with policy dialogue between all stakeholders and reinforcing the process with citizen‐led local projects to ensure accountability and responsiveness of elected officials.

 

 

 

Last updated: November 13, 2019

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