Voting is a fundamental right of every citizen of Kosovo given by the Constitution, that enables them to choose their representatives of tomorrow.
Voting is a basic process that keeps a nation’s governmental system works. It also allows the people to choose their representatives in the government. The purpose of every government or local institutions is to develop and implement various policies for the benefit of its citizens.
It also enables the person with the right to question the government or local institution about issues and clarifications. Voting is the way to express the opinion of a citizen in a democratic nation. Voting is crucial to activating the democratic process.
Who has the right to vote?
A person is eligible to vote in an election in if he or she is at least eighteen (18) years of age on the day of the election and satisfies at least one of the following criteria:
- he or she is registered as a citizen of Kosovo in the Central Civil Registry;
- he or she is residing outside Kosovo and left Kosovo on or after 1 January 1998, provided that he or she meets the criteria in applicable legislation for being a citizen of Kosovo; or
- he or she obtained the status of a refugee, as defined in the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees of 28 July 1951 and its Protocol of 16 December 1966, on or after 1 January 1995, and is eligible to be registered in the Central Civil Registry as a habitual resident of Kosovo.
When does a person lose the right to vote?
No person may vote if he or she:
- is serving a sentence imposed by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
- is under indictment by the Tribunal and has failed to comply with an order to appear before the Tribunal; or
- has been declared mentally incompetent by a final court decision.
Why is voting an act of good citizenship?
Right to vote energizes social awareness since it empowers political cooperation. The citizens can follow the progress of the political representatives and the legislature. This consistent process enables the general population to settle on educated choices about whom to vote in favor of in the following term. Also, the legislature can’t generally act arbitrarily when the entire nation is observing. This is why the voters play a central role in shaping the government and their very futures.
Why it’s important to be an informed voter?
Being an informed voter means to be knowledgeable about the issues and positions of candidates when voting. It also means you are able to make decisions without influence from outside factors intended to persuade those who may not fully understand a candidate’s platform or ideas.