Representatives of the Election Administration (EA) visited Yerevan at the invitation of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of Armenia.
They participated in the observation mission as international observers. Delegation members allocated to different observer groups monitored the opening of polling stations, the polling process, and its closing procedures. Additionally, they attended a news briefing where the CEC of Armenia provided them with detailed information on works carried out for elections.
As Giorgi Kalandarishvili noted, it was particularly interesting for the Georgian delegation how the voter verification procedures were carried out using electronic devices – “It is noteworthy that Armenia’s Election Administration, in cooperation with an international company “Smartmatic,” successfully uses voter verification devices. It can be said that by applying identical verification devices, we held by/extraordinary elections in Georgia and plan to apply it in 2024, as well. Within the framework of the visit, we had an opportunity to share information about verification devices with our Armenian colleagues.”
According to the Chairperson, as part of the visit, meetings were also held with the representatives of the election administrations of other countries who were present to observe the elections. Parties discussed future cooperation issues concerning electoral topics.
Regular Elections to the Council of Elders were held on September 17. Along with Giorgi Kalandarishvili, Georgia’s observation delegation was accompanied by Natia Zaalishvili, Director of the Election Systems Development, Reforms and Training Centre, Giorgi Santuriani, Head of the CEC’s Legal Department, Seyran Kiureghiani, Chair of the Ninotsminda District Election Commission, Hasmik Marangoziani, Chair of the Akhalkalaki District Election Commission, Maya Gudadze, Head of Training Programs’ Department, and Tornike Gogisvanidze, Learning Resources Development Manager.