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Transparency International Czech Republic and KDI/TI Kosovo are cooperating on electoral monitoring in Kosovo

Last week of May 2017, an expert group of representatives from both organizations has been working in Pristina in order to evaluate a test round of monitoring procedures to make the political campaigns in Kosovo more transparent. This is happening a week before the unexpected early parliamentary elections (June 11, 2017). The rapid reaction of both organizations brought the first positive results: the political parties are actually publishing the information on its budget – it is for the first time in the democratic history of Kosovo.
 

The international team - in response to the announcement of the early elections - prepared a procedure and set of requirements for the openness of pre-election campaign funding and sent to 39 political parties and movements in Kosovo a request to make resources, budgets, and pre-election campaign spending more transparent. The activities proved to be effective. There has been a certain reaction from the parties, allowing civil society in Kosovo to have a first look at the spending of political parties during the campaign. This happened at the joint press conference of KDI and TI-CR in Pristina on June 2, 2017 at TI Kosovo headquarters, where both KDI director Ismet Kryeziu and TI-CR director David Ondráčka made their presentations. Results and procedures will be used in autumn during the campaign before the local elections, when the joint team will start independent monitoring again.

The conference was preceded by joint working groups, in which the Czech representatives of TI handed over to their Kosovo colleagues the experience of more than five years of continuous pressure to make campaigns more transparent and, above all, know-how to use working methods that can guarantee some public oversight of political party spending.

Cooperation was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic under the Transformation Cooperation Program. Https://www.transparency.cz/melko/

Zahájení pracovního semináře pro monitory voleb v Kosovu (Artan Canhasi, KDI/TI Kosovo).