Elections Support Program
The purpose of this 30 month program is to develop the technical capacity of the Central Election Commission (CEC) and its Secretariat to help bring about effective electoral processes in Kosovo. The program was actively involved in supporting the regular local elections held in November/December 2013. Kosovo will hold parliamentary elections in 2014, but will likely have to ensure that the electoral reforms are acceptable to the international community first.
The program aims to help increase the short-term efficacy and the long-term capacity of the CEC and other electoral administration institutions in Kosovo.
This goal will be achieved by (1) strengthening the capacity of the CEC to operate in a nonpartisan and professional manner, (2) strengthening the capacity of the CEC Secretariat, Election Complaints and Appeals Panel (ECAP) and National Assembly committees to fulfill their obligations - including legal reform and post-reform revision of rules and procedures, and (3) launching a public outreach and civic education campaign.
Support to Domestic Elections Observation- Democracy in Action (DiA)
The elections support program was established in response to domestic and international calls for election monitoring to prevent the electoral interference that has marred previous elections. The program’s first domestic activities include the Fall 2013 local elections and the parliamentary elections anticipated for Fall 2014.
The project has the following aims:
- Strengthening the DiA network to ensure continuation of DiA activities in all stages of the electoral cycle
- Improving voters’ knowledge about the key components of the electoral process
- Ensuring that political parties respect the code of conduct, campaign expenditure ceiling, and are equally and impartially covered in the media
Safeguarding the integrity of the polling and counting process
Project Duration: August 2013 - February 2016; September 2013 - September 2015 respectively
USAID Contact: Luljeta Gjonbalaj; Albana Kusari
Partner: International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES); Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI)
Last updated: December 27, 2013