Central Election Commission of Abkhazia

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The Central Election Commission of Abkhazia is the body responsible for conducting national elections and overseeing local elections in Abkhazia. It was first formed on 20 July 1991.[1]


The first chairman of the Central Election Commission was Viacheslav Tsugba,[1] who held the post until he became Prime Minister in 1999.

On 11 October 2004, Sergei Smyr resigned during the height of the crisis following the Presidential election earlier that month.[2] On 14 December, the newly formed Central Election Commission elected former Justice Minister Batal Tabagua as its chairman.[3]

In 2016, Tabagua was not re-appointed to the Central Election Commission, and on 23 December, former State Privatisation Committee Chairman Tamaz Gogia was elected his successor during the first meeting of the CEC in its new composition.[4]

# Name From Until President Comments
1 Viacheslav Tsugba 20 July 1991 [1] 1999 none _
Vladislav Ardzinba _
2 Sergei Smyr 1999 11 October 2004 [2] _
3 Batal Tabagua 14 December 2004 [3] 23 December 2016 [4] _
Sergei Bagapsh _
Alexander Ankvab _
Raul Khajimba _
4 Tamaz Gogia 23 December 2016 [4] Present _


  1. ^ a b c "DECREE ISSUED BY THE PRESIDIUM OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF THE ABKHAZ ASSR on Establishment of the Central Electoral Commission on election of the Deputies to the Supreme Council of the Abkhaz ASSR". 20 July 1991. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Абхазия: выборы президента". Caucasian Knot. February 2005. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b Kuchuberia, Anzhela (12 December 2004). "Председателем ЦИК Абхазии избран экс-министр юстиции Батал Табагуа". Caucasian Knot. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "ТАМАЗ ГОГИЯ ИЗБРАН ПРЕДСЕДАТЕЛЕМ ЦЕНТРАЛЬНОЙ ИЗБИРАТЕЛЬНОЙ КОМИССИИ". Abkhazia Inform. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2017.