Tuesday, 25 August 2015 00:00

CCS results presented in Kosovo

Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development KIPRED held a press conference aimed at presentation of the results of the Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS), on 4th of August 2015, at 11 a.m. The Comparative Candidate Survey forms part of the international scientific project "Balkan Comparative Electoral Study: Impact of Personal Vote on Internal Party Relations", which is being implemented through the Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans (RRPP). The RRPP is coordinated by the University of Fribourg, with support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The survey was conducted from May - June 2015 and it comprised 20% of total number of candidates for MPs on parliamentary elections 2014, with 70 - 80% participation of candidates of parliamentary political parties. The research was conducted on the basis of questionnaire used in a uniformed way in over 40 countries all over the world. It covered five different aspects of political engagement of candidates of political parties for MPs: (1) political background and activities, (2) political campaign, (3) issues and policies, (4) democracy and representation.

According to the main findings of the CCS, candidates for MPs from Kosovo are less involved in organizations or associations (sport clubs 11%, human and citizen rights protection 10%, religious community 3% and environmental protection association 5%) compared to the candidates for MPs from Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. Furthermore, asked if they've been through any human resources education, almost 50% of the candidates for MPs from Kosovo answered that they've never gone through any human resources trainings, which is considerably lower compared to the practice of the candidates from the countries above mentioned.

Regarding the campaigning of the MP candidates from Kosovo, they tend to use same platforms and methods to reach the voters as the candidates from the countries mentioned above. Facebook, personal flyers, personal spots, and personal web-sites are the most popular for effective campaigning, whilst similarities can also be found in issues raised by them during their campaign where infrastructure, unemployment, investment, education and healthcare are the main discussed topics.

According to the CCS findings, 37% of candidates for MPs consider that mixed electoral system should be introduced in Kosovo, whereas 66% of them believe that current electoral system should keep preferential voting. Moreover, compared to Montenegro and Serbia, where MP candidates prefer one constituency for the whole country, 31% of the respondents from Kosovo think that Kosovo must have more constituencies (6 to 10 mandates per constituency).