The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has supported elections in Kosovo via political and campaign finance monitoring, public outreach, civil society work and civic education since 1998. Within the last 10 years, IFES has supported Kosovo during its first democratically run elections, provided technical assistance to the Central Election Commission (CEC) and Election Complaints and Appeals Panel (ECAP) to improve capacity of these bodies, improved electoral access and inclusion for disadvantaged groups, and supported improving transparency and management of electoral processes. IFES’ programs in Kosovo are funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
In August 2016, IFES implemented the “Strengthening Election Administration Activity in Kosovo” project with two goals: (1) To support institutions to efficiently and independently accomplish their roles and responsibilities; and (2) To support the CEC, CEC Secretariat (CECS), and ECAP to effectively conduct local and parliamentary elections. Highlights include:
Supporting the CEC and ECAP: IFES is supporting two institutions with development and implementation of training plans, building strategic and operational planning capacity, developing risk assessment and management plans, improving capacity to use of social media, engagement of stakeholders, internal training capacity and development of technology to improve election management efficiency and transparency of election process.
June 11, 2017 Extraordinary Parliamentary Elections: IFES mobilized resources to support the CEC and ECAP, advising with rapid election staff training and providing technical support to ensure that these institutions were properly equipped to perform their duties. Support focused on development of poll worker manuals, improving poll worker training, use of technology in elections, voter education and technical assistance to the Count and Results Center’s (CRC) operation.
October 22, 2017 Municipal Elections: IFES supported the CEC and ECAP during local elections by advising with producing intuitive voter information materials, supporting utilization of social media campaign to raise voter awareness, and through technical support with the new Election Violation Management System. IFES also provided technical assistance to ensure the efficient and credible operation of the CRC.