The study visit of the representatives of Kosova Democratic Institute to Prague
Albert Krasniqi, Artan Canhasi and Edita Mustafa of Kosova Democratic Institute (aka Transparency International Kosova) arrived to launch the first phase of the project together with the Czech partners. The aim of the project is to strengthen the monitoring of local elections in Kosovo in 2017.
The study visit of the representatives of Kosova Democratic Institute to Prague | source: TI
The visit of the representatives took place from 9th to 10th March 2017 in Prague and secured opportunity to hear expert presentations on financing of political parties and campaigns from David Ondráčka, Petr Vymětal and Ondřej Cakl. They also discussed the issue with the lawyers from Transparency International – Czech Republic (TI CZ), who were directly involved in the monitoring of a local elections (Martina Mikolášková, Petr Leyer). At the Round table they obtained practical info from Petr Vymětal (FMV VŠE), Michal Škop (kohovolit.cz).
Discussions concerned Glopolis organization and the representatives of Nasipolitici.cz as well. KDI and TI CZ shared basic information necessary for further steps in the project implementation throug short presentations connected with moderated discussion.
While Artan Canhasi guided the Czech partners through the late history of Kosova political scene establishing, Albert Krasniqi explained on mechanism and methods of monitoring the violations of electoral code and pre-election campaigns in Kosova. Edita Mustafa Salihi shared her insight on civic society in Kosova and the role of NGOs for strengthening of civic oversight over public issues.
Basic terms we came to:
- There are many differences in a context, real situation and in a methodology of the monitoring between the Czech Republic and the Republic of Kosovo. We will have to take into account these facts in creating the comparative study (Output 2.1.) Specific aspects of needed the methodology were identified.
- A legislative context slightly favours monitoring activities in the Republic of Kosovo (comparing to the Czech Republic). On the other hand legal financing of political parties by a state seems more „generous“ in the Czech Republic.
- Conversely, the political culture in the Republic of Kosovo is not entirely satisfactory (and relatively strict laws are violated with impunity). There are not even basic parameters for ensuring transparency in the financing of election campaigns (and political parties in general). The monitoring is still focused on flagrant violations of the electoral system and rules during democratic elections.
Both sides agreed that that the working meeting, presentations and discussions with the external experts had very enriching content. On this basis, we formulated tasks for next period of project implementation (Research phase).
A legislative context slightly favours monitoring activities in the Republic of Kosovo (comparing to the Czech Republic). Conversely, the political culture in the Republic of Kosovo is not entirely satisfactory (and relatively strict laws are violated with impunity).
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