Composition of Central Election Commission in Kosovo in the Perspective of International and Comparative Standards in the Region

January 20, 2023

The Policy Analysis starts by laying out the Kosovar legislative framework establishing the Central Election Commission as an independent and permanent institution in the country, and its structure. It then goes into the international standards advocated by the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission and the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on what a Central Election Commission should look like in a liberal democracy. This paper is therefore solely focused on the structural element, comparing the Central Election Commission in Kosovo’s composition with, that of other neighboring countries in the region, and the international standards, and not informing comparisons on mandate or competences of each actor’s body. The Policy Analysis finishes with some recommendations informed by the comparison exercise, and what can be improved in the particular case of the Republic of Kosovo.

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