Every democracy needs to test the functionality and efficiency of its institutions from time to time, and the choices are exactly what makes this possible. As one of the most important instruments of democracy today, the elections serve as a path for citizen participation in political processes. By choosing the officials that best represent the values ??and interests of the people, voters can influence the shaping of policies that improve their quality of life.
The Free Election and Right Program under the KDI is committed to contribute to ensuring integrity in the electoral process and achieving democratic standards through an objective and politically impartial observation. Informing and encouraging citizens to exercise their elementary right to choose and to be elected is one of the main pillars of the program. Our activity aims to discourage attempts for fraud, irregularities, and administrative mistakes, and help in resolving electoral disputes and creating an environment that guarantees legitimate and democratic elections.
Since its establishment, KDI has been engaged in regular activities throughout the electoral cycle, which means mobilizing NGOs and building their capacities to monitor and report on the electoral process, educate and raise awareness of voters about their electoral rights , advocating for genuine electoral reform and providing concrete recommendations to ensure a more efficient electoral process.
Being officially a member of the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations, KDI intends to engage even outside the borders of Kosovo to monitor and guarantee the integrity of election processes that strengthen public confidence and encourage citizen participation in the elections.
Albert Krasniqi is managing the project in “Support to Parliamentary Research Activities in Kosovo”, and is chairing the secretariat of the local election observation coalition “Democracy in Action”. He joined KDI in 2015, and for two years has been engaged in monitoring the work of the Assembly of Kosovo.
Albert has more than ten years of experience in the civil society sector in the field of good governance, democratization of political parties, capacity building of parliament and elections. He has published dozens of research papers and analysis on above topics. Prior to joining KDI, Albert worked as a Researcher at the KIPRED Institute (2007-2015), and was part of the team in support to the Assembly of Kosovo on establishing the Public Oversight Committee.
Albert has graduated on Philosophical studies and currently is a Master’s candidate in the program for Civil Society and Local Development at the University of Prishtina.
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Ahmet joined Kosova Democratic Institute (KD) in 2016. He has more than 12 years of experience working in international and local organizations, managing projects dealing with socio-economic development of the society and communities, youth empowerment and their inclusion in social and political processes, and also has experience in banking sector. Currently at KDI Ahmet is managing the project for empowerment of first-time voters and political accountability. The project managed to increase youth participation in addressing their issues and working with political parties and institutions to include youth priorities into their agenda. Ahmet is also part of the local election observation team “Democracy in Action”.
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Eugen Cakolli is part of KDI team since 2016. He began working on monitoring the work of Assembly of Kosovo, within the program for Democratization and Parliamentary Practices. Previously he worked for International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).
Right now, Eugen is working as Project Officer on the project for empowering the first-time voters as part of the Political Accountability program. He also added valuable contribution to the Democracy in Action by holding a position as the Coordinator of the Election Observers.
Currently Cakolli, is enrolled in University of Pristina and undertaking a Masters Studies for European Integration and Public Administration, while conducting several research papers.
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