Elections Support Program
The purpose of this program is to develop the technical capacity of the Central Election Commission (CEC) and its Secretariat to help establish more effective electoral processes in Kosovo. It aims to help increase the short-term efficacy and the long-term capacity of the CEC and other electoral administration institutions in Kosovo by:
- Strengthening the capacity of the CEC to operate in a nonpartisan and professional manner;
- 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
- Launching a public outreach and civic education campaign.
The program was actively involved in supporting the 2013 municipal elections and the early parliamentary elections held in June 2014, during which the program provided support to the CEC Count and Results Centre, as well as voter education activities through the CEC and ECAP.
Increasing Inclusiveness, Mitigating Violence in Electoral Processes
This program was launched during the 2014 parliamentary elections to work with Kosovo’s electoral administration to increase voting access for women and persons with disabilities. The program worked with Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) to monitor access for persons with disabilities during both the campaign and voting phases of the election. This constituted Kosovo’s first public outreach campaign specifically aimed at motivating people with disabilities to participate in elections, and informing political entities and electoral administrators about how to support their participation.
Following the election, the project is now working to build the capacity of these organizations to manage their own disability access monitoring programs for future elections, and support the CEC in developing a tool for mapping disability access issues across the country.
The program also focused on assessing trends in women’s participation in local-level election administration during the 2014 parliamentary polls. The results will inform a targeted campaign to increase the proportion of women involved in local-level election administration through activities with political parties, the CEC, CSOs, and the media.
In cooperation with the local stakeholders, the project is also supporting the development of a violations monitoring system. Once completed, the crowd-sourced information system will make filtered information available to election stakeholders and the public through a transparent web-based application.
Duration: August 2013 - February 2016; June 2014 - October 2015 respectively
USAID Contact: Luljeta Gjonbalaj;
Partner: International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES);
Last updated: November 14, 2014