On September 28, 2023, the Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) and the Center for Electoral Systems Development, Reforms and Training (Training Center) held another information meeting with the involved parties.
Representatives of local non-governmental organizations and electoral subjects registered as observers for the Extraordinary and By-Elections of October 1, 2023 took part in the event.
The Chairman of the CEC, Giorgi Kalandarishvili, shared with the participants information about the modernization of elections in Georgia, the use of electronic technologies in the election process and the importance of their implementation. Natia Zaalishvili, the director of the Training Centre, provided the involved parties with information about the training program for PECs members for the October 1 elections, CEC Deputy Chairman Giorgi Sharabidze reviewed the ongoing active information campaign under the auspices of the Election Administration and drew attention to the importance of cooperation with non-governmental organizations in this direction.
Legislative novelties in Georgia, world practice and international standards of using election technologies, role and legal status of the parties involved in the election process - these are the main issues that the employees of the Training Centre introduced to the participants in detail. A discussion was held, representatives of observer organizations and election subjects received comprehensive answers to the questions they were interested in.
The final part of the meeting was devoted to the demonstration of electronic election machines. A mock polling process was held, where the participants tested the operation of the voter verification machine and the electronic vote counting machine in practice.
The information meeting was held at the "Holiday Inn" hotel in Tbilisi, 44 representatives of 13 local observer organizations and two election subjects registered for the October 1, 2023 elections participated in it.