On June 21-23, Training of Trainer (ToT) was held for the project "School of Electoral Development". Giorgi Kalandarishvili, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Natia Zaalishvili, Director of the Center for Electoral Systems Development, Reforms and Training, Maia Zaridze, commission member and the head of the working group, along with the program manager of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Davit Gongadze opened the training course and made an openind remarks at the event. Online training involved 36 trainers who afterwards will conduct a training course at the Electoral Development School.
The trainers were trained by the representatives of the CEC and the Training Center. They will teach youth issues related to electoral systems, election administration, 1919 elections of constituent assembly, democratic electoral principles, elected bodies in Georgia, electoral stakeholders, transparency and accessibility of elections, gender equality, electronic devices of voting and vote-counting, disinformation and fake news dissemination during electoral period, and etc. As a novelty, project participants additionally will go through preparatory training program for the examination of election administration officials that is based on election legislation, the Constitution of Georgia, substantive discussion of issues defined by the examination program and practical assignments.
Young people aged 18-25 may undertake training on electoral topics. “Electoral Development School” will start on 4th of July and end on 8th of July in Tbilisi and seven municipalities (Telavi, Rustavi, Gori, Akhaltsikhe, Kutaisi, Zugdidi, and Batumi).
Education program “Electoral Development School” is being implemented together with CEC Training Centre and with support of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). The mentioned program aims to support civic engagement and popularize elections among young people. The school operates since 2015, and about 3000 young people have taken the course.