07TBILISI1136, CEC COMMITS TO FALL VOTERS LIST UPDATE CAMPAIGN

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07TBILISI1136 2007-05-15 12:22 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

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INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

UNCLAS TBILISI 001136 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM GG
SUBJECT: CEC COMMITS TO FALL VOTERS LIST UPDATE CAMPAIGN 
 
REF: TBILISI 1036 
 
1. During a meeting with Poloff on May 4, Guram 
Chalagashvili, the Chairman of the Central Election 
Commission (CEC), said that the CEC will conduct a 
door-to-door campaign to update the voters list in September 
or October.  He stated that this campaign, in concert with a 
newly launched quality control effort at the Civil Registry 
Office within the Ministry of Justice to correct typos in 
their data, should result in a further improved voters list 
for the Fall 2008 Presidential and Parliamentary elections. 
(Note: Data from the Civil Registry is the primary source for 
generating the voters list. International donors, including 
USAID, are currently funding modernization of the Civil 
Registry. End Note.) 
 
2. The Chairman's statement comes in the immediate wake of 
the OSCE Ambassadors' Elections Group May 2 meeting with 
Speaker Nino Burjanadze to present their 'one voice' strategy 
designed to encourage the GoG to take action to ensure that 
the 2008 elections build on the progress made since the 2003 
Rose Revolution and are deemed fair by observers as were the 
2006 local elections.  Among the key initiatives in this 'one 
voice' strategy is a campaign to improve the voters list. See 
reftel. 
 
3. Also as called for in the 'one voice' strategy, the 
Chairman told Poloff that his office is currently developing 
a strategic plan for the 2008 elections.  He stated that he 
was looking forward to an upcoming UNDP assessment which 
would help the CEC establish its training priorities and 
schedule for the next 15 months. 
TEFFT

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