2013 Presidential Elections


The present document is a report of monitoring of the October 27, 2013 presidential elections by the International Society of Fair Elections and Democracy (hereinafter, the ISFED). At the 2013 presidential elections ISFED, as an organization with one of the broadest networks was actively involved in pre-election as well as the Elections Day and post-election monitoring. Similar to the 2012 parliamentary elections, the ISFED carried out monitoring of the presidential elections with the use of new methods and innovative technologies.  

The process of monitoring entailed three key stages:  

Pre-Election Monitoring. During a four-month period  leading up to the presidential elections, 73 long-term observers of ISFED conducted pre-election monitoring throughout all election districts of Georgia. The length of the monitoring and the use of effective methodology enabled us to analyze the process as a whole, which served as the basis for a comprehensive and objective assessment of the pre-election period. The pre-election monitoring focused on fields including use of state resources, activities of election administrations and political parties, formation of voter lists, pressure on political grounds, threats and vote buying. 

The Election-Day Monitoring was carried out at 910 election precincts throughout Georgia, including  800 randomly selected election precincts with the use of the Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) methodology. In addition to the randomly selected precincts, ISFED stationed its short-term observers at additional 110 election precincts. Together with short-term observers, the Election Day monitoring mission consisted of 78 mobile groups, 73 district observers, 20 lawyers and 20 cameramen. The Election Day observation combined three key components – opening and setting up election precincts, the polling process, vote counting and tabulation