2012 Parliamentary Elections

Monitoring Of October 1 st, 2012 Parliamentary Elections Final Report

The present report outlines results of monitoring of the October 1, 2012 Parliamentary Elections carried out  by  the  International  Society  for  Fair  Elections and  Democracy.

During the 2012  parliamentary elections ISFED,  as a monitoring organization with one of the largest observation networks, was actively involved in pre- election  monitoring  as  well  as  the  monitoring  on the Election Day and post-elections. The monitoring was carried out by ISFED by utilization of new methods innovative technologies. The complete monitoring entailed  the  following three  key  stages:

1. Pre-election  monitoring was conducted throughout  the  period  of  six  months  prior to the elections 1 by means of 73 long-term observers of  ISFED  in  all  election districts of  Georgia.  Length  of  the  monitoring  and use of effective methodology made it possible to analyze the pre-election process in a comprehensive  and  objective  manner.  The pre-election monitoring focused on issues including use of government resources, activities of the election administrations and political parties, formation of voter lists, pressure,  and  threats  on  political  grounds and  vote  buying.

2.   The  Election  Day  monitoring  was  carried out in 902 election precincts, including par- allel vote tabulation (PVT) at 600 election precincts. In addition to randomly selected election precincts ISFED also observer 302 election precincts through short-term observ- ers. Together with LTOs the Election Day monitoring mission was composed of 78 mobile teams, 73 district observers, 15 law- yers,  15  cameramen  and  2  observers  sta- tioned at the Central Election Commission (CEC).  The  Election  Day  monitoring  had three key components – opening and setting up of election precinct, voting and vote counting.

3. Post-election  monitoring was carried out by ISFED  by  means  of  73  district  observers, 15  lawyers  and  2  monitors  at  the  CEC. ISFED monitored activities of the election administration,  consideration  of  complaints at district election commissions (DECs) and the  process  of  vote  tabulation.

Monitoring of October 1 2012 Parliamentary Elections Final Report by ISFED

ISFED election program for 2012 was carried out with the financial support of the United States Agency for InternationalDevelopment (USAID), National Democratic Institute (NDI), European Union (EU), East West Management Institute’s projectPolicy, Advocacy and Civil Society Development in Georgia (EWMI G-PAC), National Endowment for Democracy (NED),Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF), and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The contentsof this publication belong solely to the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy and do not necessarily reflectthe views of NDI, NED, EWMI, OSGF, Sida, USAID, the United States Government or the European Union