Interim report of the monitoring programme on the abuse of administrative resources as well as campaign finance in the electoral districts of Kvemo Kartli, Kakheti and Samtskhe-Javakehti regions with the compact settlement of ethnic minorities.
PMMG is implementing a project, funded by the IFES, “Promoting a free, fair and competitive election environment in the regions of Samtskhe-Javakheti, Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti, densely populated with ethnic monitories”.
The target area of the project covers the following constituencies with high density of ethnic minority population: Ninotsminda-Akhalkalaki #46, Adigeni-Akhaltsikhe #44, Borjomi-Aspindza-Akhalkalaki #45 (Samtskhe-Javakheti region), Marneuli #35 and #36, Bolnisi-Dmanisi-Tsalka #34, Gardabani #31, Gardabani-Tetritskaro #32 (Kvemo Kartli rgion) and Sagarejo #23 (Kakheti region) Election Districts.
In the reporting period(8 August – 7 October) , the long-term observers of the PMMG revealed: a) 15 facts of alleged use of enforcement admnistrative resources; b) 2 facts of abuse of enforcement admnistrative resources; c)1 fact of alleged use of financial administrative resources; d) 12 facts of abuse of institutional administrative resources; e) 2 fact of alleged use of institutional administrative resources.
A suggestive tendency was revealed in the course of the monitoring programme manifesting in a considerable increase of the local self-government budgets of Sagarejo, Ninotsminda, Gardabani, Adigeni, Akhalkalaki and Akhaltsikhe municipalities in 2016 as compared to the previous 2015. Apart from this, in 2016 expenses on infrastructure and social care projects have grown compared to 2015. In this context, a considerable increase of expenses was registered in Sagarejo (only on infrastructure projects), Gardabani, Akhalkalaki and Akhaltsikhe municipalities.
The analysis of facts collected and electoral trends identified within the monitoring programme shows that despite some progress in the use of adminsitrative resources, there are still some challenges that need to be addressed timely and effectively, as well as to develop medium- and long-term comprehensive approaches.
Development of the report has been made possible with the support provided by the American people through United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The content of the publication is under the sole responsibility of the PMMG and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), USAID or the Government of the United States.