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Elections and Political Processes

On October 1, 2012, the people of Georgia came out in record numbers for what turned out to be historic Parliamentary elections. Nearly ten years after the controversial Parliamentary elections in 2003 led to the Rose Revolution, Georgia’s President Saakashvili conceded that his party had been defeated by an opposition coalition in what was the country’s first peaceful and democratic transition of power.  By achieving this milestone, Georgia set a regional example of commitment to democracy.  In the lead-up to and during the next election cycle—which includes 2016 Parliamentary, 2017 local, and 2018 Presidential elections, USAID will continue to deepen and institutionalize Georgia’s electoral and political processes.  

Current programs:

Supporting Local Self-Governance Reforms in Georgia                        
March 2014-Aug 2015
International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED)
This award is working to: increase the transparency and fairness of local self-government elections through election observation; monitor the activities of newly elected local governments; and contribute to local self-governance and electoral reforms.   
Strengthening Political Processes (SPP)  
July 2014-Dec 2018
National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Interventions strengthen the legislative effectiveness of party caucuses in legislative bodies both in parliament and in local councils.  Support will also be provided to independent oversight of elections. This contributes to the overall purpose of deepening and institutionalizing Georgia’s political processes. 
Strengthening Political Processes (SPP)
July 2014-Dec 2018
International Republican Institute (IRI)
Activities aim to deepen and institutionalize Georgia’s political processes by continuing to build the capacity of political parties at the national and local levels through improving their organizational capacity and intra-party democracy.  Interventions will also enhance independent oversight of elections.
Strengthening Electoral Processes (SEP)                              
July 2014 – Dec 2018
International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
The SEP award works to improve government capacity to administer and oversee free and fair electoral processes; and to enhance civic engagement around key electoral and political processes and reforms.




Last updated: November 09, 2015

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