The Central Election Commission (CEC) started celebrating Global Elections Day by meeting with young people. The meeting took place in the National Library of Parliament of Georgia. Giorgi Kalandarishvili, CEC Chairperson, addressed the youth, underscored the importance of youth engagement in the electoral process and shared information on novelties regarding the introduction of electronic technologies in elections.
“Global Elections Day aims maximally inform the public about the significance of elections and awareness raising of members of the public about all the novelties and events related to it. Georgia has had an interesting experience administering elections as we passed different stages of development. We have reached the point that in 2024 and every subsequent election, technology will be used in the country. Therefore, the administration must celebrate Global Elections Day with young people to provide them with information about technological novelties, which are an essential part of the latest electoral reform, “stated Kalandarishvili.
The young people personally got acquainted with electronic election technologies. They participated in a mock election and tested the verification, voting, and counting machines.
Today, in connection with Global Elections Day, Giorgi Kalandarishvili extended gratitude to the 70 employees of the CEC office, Training Centre, and district election commissions, who have been working in the CEC for more than 15 years, for their service in the election administration. A certificate of appreciation was also awarded to the three best mentors involved in the mentoring program.
Global Elections Day has been celebrated on the first Thursday of February every year since 2005 on the initiative of the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO).