The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia responded to the non-profit organisation Civil Election Commission’s statement that 683 dead individuals are in electoral voters’ lists in 25 Georgian municipalities and called it ‘disinformation and attempt to mislead citizens.’
The CEC representative Tornike Gigisvanidze stated that it is impossible for an individual to vote instead of a deceased person ‘as the voter is obliged to present the ID (identification document) card at the polling station.’
The Public Service Development Agency and other accountable state agencies submit the data four times a year for the formation of the CEC voters’ list. On September 15 of this year, the agency will provide us with updated data, based on which a unified list of voters for the October 2 elections will be compiled,” Gigisvanidze said.
The organisation has announced earlier today that in 25 municipalities 683 individuals who were born before 1930 and who have died as of today are still registered in the electoral voters’ lists.
It claimed that municipalities provided them with information of 3,900 citizens who were born before 1930. Out of these 3,900 people 1,311 have died as of April 12 and 683 individuals from this list are still registered as voters for upcoming elections.
The Civil Election Commission noted that the scale of the issue is much larger as they only requested information from 25 small and medium-size municipalities out of 73 Georgia’s municipalities in total.
However, Gigisvanidze noted that the election administration has ‘levers at the legislative level which enable voters to exercise their civic duty in a fully transparent environment.’
The upcoming local self-government elections are scheduled for October 2.
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) launched its long-term election observation mission in Georgia in run up to municipal elections while the European Parliament along with the OSCE/ODIHR will send observers for local elections in the country.