Presentation of toolkit, directed to counter misuse of Administrative Resources in electoral processes, elaborated in cooperation with the CEC and the Training Centre with the support of Councils of Europe (CoE) and Venice Commission, was held on December 15, 2021 in online format. The toolkit, designed for the CoE member States, is based on CoE standards and best practices, as well as on the experience and practical examples observed in the member states including Georgia, the Ukraine, Moldova.
Giorgi Kalandarishvili, Chairperson of the Georgia Central Election Commission, Franck Daeschler, Deputy Head of Elections and Participatory Democracy Division at the Council of Europe, and Gael Martin-Micallef, Legal advisor at the Venice Commission, delivered opening remarks and stressed the importance of mechanisms aimed at preventing misuse of the administrative resources in electoral processes.
Natia Zaalishvili, the CEC’s Training Centre’s director delivered to the participant detailed information about distant informational training course designed for civil servants and intends to raise awareness of individuals employed in public service institutions on prevention of illegal use of Administrative Resources and administrative position in electoral processes. Due to high interest in the offered informational-educational program among the target group, more than 27 000 individuals went through the distant course during 2020 – 2021 election periods. This resource is referred as important informational-educational instrument in the toolkit, published with CoE’s support.
During the event Yves-Marie Doublet and Vakhtang Khmaladze, the CoE experts, alongside with the participant discussed challenges and ways to solve them based on CoE member states’ best practical examples.
December 15 event was attended by the representatives of political parties, international and local NGOs.