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.
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