Electoral reforms advocacy is one of the key activity components of the EU-funded “Fair Elections for Georgia” project. Through this component, the project contributes to the legal reforms process, including through delivering own recommendations, and facilitating implementation of recommendations of other domestic and international observer organizations. For that purpose, the organization takes part in electoral reform working group meetings, provides policy documents and specific draft legislative proposals, attends committee hearings in the Parliament of Georgia, and organizes public events to ensure participation and feedback from stakeholders and citizens.
During the first months of the project (2020), ISFED was actively involved in the electoral reform advocacy process. It took part in public discussions over the electoral system, advocating for a more proportional parliamentary representation. For that purpose, number of public statements were issued, calling on the authorities to resubmit the constitutional amendments to the Parliament on transition to a fully proportional system (https://bit.ly/2ROoBt7); positively assessing the opposition-government agreement envisioning increase of the share of proportionally-elected members of the Parliament from 77 to 120 (https://bit.ly/3cn25kx); urging all parliamentary factions to vote for respective constitutional amendments (https://bit.ly/3iYdQ2T); and welcoming the adoption of the constitutional changes (https://bit.ly/34xSW6T).
As part of the project, ISFED took part in the working group meetings to discuss draft amendments to the Electoral Code, the Law on Political Union of Citizens and the Criminal Code. To follow-up on the process, the project published an assessment report on the implementation of electoral recommendations; the document identifies the OSCE/ODIHR and ISFED/TI recommendations that have been addressed in the reform process and pinpoints those that still need to be resolved (https://bit.ly/2FFpEIN).
Earlier, on January 14, ISFED issued a statement regarding the CEC-initiated amendments bill on the Electoral Code, which was proposed bypassing the working group meetings. The organization criticized the draft law and called on the Parliament to dismiss the proposal (https://bit.ly/2Era833).