A new portal in Georgia has been created to let people report violations during the election period.
The website is called the Multi-NGO Elections Portal, and aims at collecting information about alleged violations and incident throughout the election period.
The portal is a joint project of International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) and Transparency International – Georgia (TI-Georgia). The portal is administered by ISFED.
The NGOs presented the new portal on July 19 at Tbilisi Marriott Hotel. The portal already contains information about more that 150 violations.
Tamar Chugoshvili, head of GYLA, said that there always is a lot of information about violations during an election period, but the information is mostly scattered. This new portal will allow the monitoring organizations to coordinate their activities.
“The portal will allow every citizen to report about violations and incidents electronically,” said Chugoshvili.
Nino Lomjaria, head of ISFED, said there has been created a number to which people can send text messages for free from any mobile network.
“The reported information will be checked and only after this will it appear on website,” Lomjaria said.
The information gathered will be presented on a special incident map.
The portal will have different sections: news, monitoring and reports, announcements.
Eka Gigauri, head of TI Georgia, described the portal as a kind of monitoring tool. She said that the website will provide reliable information about the situation in the country, and show trends in terms of violations.
“The portal will be especially useful on election day,” Gigauri said.