THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR FAIR ELECTIONS AND DEMOCRACY (ISFED)
International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) is a non-profit, non-governmental, and non-partisan organization operating in Georgia since 1995. Organization's main priority and scope of work is election monitoring, which aims to guarantee the transparency of elections by monitoring the implementation of electoral procedures and thereby increasing society's confidence in the results of the elections.
The main directions of organizational strategy are:
ISFED has always been active with its election monitoring program as well as carrying out variety of projects in civic education and local governance. Organization's main strength lies in ensuring the transparency of elections by monitoring the implementation of electoral procedures and accordingly increasing society's confidence in the results of the elections.
Since its foundation, ISFED has monitored all elections and referendums in the country. ISFED has successfully conducted Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) for the last general elections in Georgia including 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 elections. Parallel Vote and Turnout Tabulation (PVT/PTT) was successfully conducted for the January 5th, 2008 Extraordinary Presidential and Parliamentary Elections and 2010 Local Elections as well. ISFED members also participate in international observation missions and to date have observed elections in Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia, the USA, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Albania and Norway.
ISFED is the only Georgian monitoring organization with membership in the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) and was awarded the status of the Cavalier of 5 Silver Principles of the Code of Ethics of Non-governmental Organizations twice in 2006 and 2007.
While implementing various observation missions, ISFED recruited and trained more than 14,000 volunteers from different ethnic, religious and other backgrounds who monitored elections as domestic and non-partisan observers.
ISFED supports the development of democratic institutions in Georgia through promoting active citizenship and involving citizens in decision-making process. The organization conducts civic education campaigns to increase transparency of the government's activities and promote accountability.
Please find additional information about ISFED at: www.isfed.ge
GEORGIAN YOUNG LAWYERS' ASSOCIATION (GYLA)
The Georgian Young Lawyers' Association (GYLA) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting human rights and the rule of law. We adhere to the Constitution of Georgia, legislation and our Statute on the whole territory of Georgia. GYLA is a membership-based organization.
Election activities of Georgian Young Lawyers' Association
The Georgian Young Lawyers' Association has been actively involved in election monitoring process of legislative, executive or local governmental bodies since 1994, the date of its foundation. In the election monitoring GYLA steadfastly pursues impartial position.
GYLA, as one of the leading Georgian NGOs, aims to provide to population unbiased, competent and timely information on election process, to attract attention of international organizations and state authorities on the gaps that follow elections and to take care of promotion of positive aspects that have already been attained.
Objective of the monitoring mission is:
In the election period activities of the organization are not limited to identification of various flaws. GYLA, by submitting complaints to election administration and courts, rather attempts to promote progressive interpretation of the law, application of relevant measures against offenders within legal framework and to prevent further gaps in election process.
Apart from the monitoring mission, with a view to attain the stated objectives, GYLA also carries out other different activities such as: voters' public awareness raising campaigns, public discussions, trainings, strategic litigation, preparation of amendments to election legislation and others.
TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL GEORGIA (TI)
Transparency International Georgia (TI Georgia) is a local non-governmental organization and national chapter of Transparency International (TI). TI Georgia strives to support building and empowering of state institutions, develop good governance and the rule of law, and ensure transparency and direct accountability of the state institutions.
During the 2012 parliamentary elections TI Georgia conducts monitoring of issues such as abuse of state resources and campaign finance. The organization aims at raising awareness about the abuse of state resources in election period and to building the capacity of civil society and media to monitor political finances. The objective of TI Georgia’s activities is to support equalizing conditions for all election subjects by reducing incumbents’ ability to misuse state resources and increasing transparency of campaign finance.
TI Georgia operates a hotline for citizens to report possible facts of intimidation and pressure, as well as other types of violations during pre-election, election-day and post-election periods:
IFES Tbilisi: 0 (32) 260 15 08; Batumi: 0 (422) 29 44 88
Hotline operates Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm.
Calls are free of charge.