Statement About the Ongoing Electoral Process (07:00-13:00)
According to our observation mission, at this moment the 2018 Presidential Elections are being held in a largely peaceful environment. A vast majority of the electoral precincts, where our static observers are stationed, have been opened on time.
Our observers have reported up to 70 insignificant and relatively serious violations. We have filed 9 complaints. The following are some of the most serious violations:
Alleged vote buying
Similar to the first round, there is a mobilization of presidential candidate coordinators outside of nearly all precincts. Moreover, our observers have noticed that most of them were standing outside with automobiles and people could be observed getting in and getting out of them on a periodic basis. In four cases, according to our observers, the voters received money in the automobile. These cases were observed in the following precincts:
- #1 precinct of the Kareli #33 district
- #23 precinct of the Abasha #63 district
- #90 precinct of the Batumi #79 district
- #11 precinct of the Batumi #79 district
Refusing observers entry to the precinct
Since the morning, there have been instances of refusing our observers to enter the precincts. The chairpersons stated that the refusals were based on the expiry date of November 20 printed on the badges. Apparently, the chairpersons were not notified of the CEC’s order that postponed the expiration date of the badges. Following the intervention of the DECs, our observers were allowed entry. The problem was observed in the following precincts:
- #94 precinct of Zugdidi #67 district
- #45 precinct of Gldani #10 district
- #37 and #43 precincts of Saburtalo #3 district
- #15 and #21 precincts of Zugdidi #11 district
- #24 precinct of the Didube #8 district
- #18 precinct of the Akhmeta #18 district
- #16 and #35 precincts of the Isani #5 district
- #20 precinct of the Mtskheta #27 district
- #31 precinct of the Poti #70 district
- #17 precinct of the Tetritskaro #26 district
- #23 precinct of the Samgori #6 district
- #7 precinct of the Adigeni #32 district
- #35 precinct of the Nadzaladevi #9 district
- #22 precinct of the Gori #32 district
- #12 precinct of the Vake #8 district
Violation of secrecy of vote
There is an observable trend of violation of secrecy of vote at the precincts. At this time, our observers have witnessed, on 11 different precincts, instances when voters would leave the voting booth and show their open ballot to the commission member, representative of an electoral subject or an observer. These violations have been observed in the following precincts:
- #49, #45, #15 and #4 precincts of the Gurjaani #12 district
- #1 precinct of the Akhalkalaki #40 district
- #83 and #80 precincts of the Zugdidi #67 district
- #25 precinct of the Ninotsminda #41 district
- #52 precinct of the Marneuli #22 district
- #7 and #3 precincts of the Abasha #63 district
Noting down the voters in the precinct
There is an observable trend of the queue moderator revealing the identity of voters to the observers. The moderators are either loudly saying the name and surname of the voter or are whispering it to observers from different organizations. The following instances have been observed at 6 precincts:
- #20 and #24 precincts of the Didube #8 district
- #7, #18, #90 and #98 precincts of the Batumi #79 district
Violation of the rules for casting of lots
In the #52 precinct of the Sachkhere #50 district, the chairperson of the commission refused to hold a casting of lots for the commission members.
In the #4 precinct of the Kvareli #16 district, the commission members decided to change their allocated functions. The chairperson did not take any measures against this.
In the #49 precinct of the Marneuli #22 district, the chairperson of the commission did not allow female commission members to take part in the casting of lots because it would have been uncomfortable for women to accompany the mobile ballot box.
About Our Observation Mission
Transparency International Georgia (TI Georgia) will deploy 350 observers to monitor the second round of the November 28 Presidential Elections. Our static observers will cover 300 precincts throughout the country. In addition, 45 mobile groups will also be involved in election observation.
On election day, TI Georgia will hold two press conferences at 13:00 and 20:30 in order to present preliminary assessments of election day developments. The final assessment will be provided on November 29 at 11:00. Additional statements will be made upon necessity.
You can provide us information about violations on election day on our hotline 2 92 14 03.