ECMI Working Paper #69, Minority Participation in Kosovo Elections: Opportunities and Challenges, is authored by Dr Zora Popova. Dr Popova is a Research Associate of the ECMI Citizenship & Ethics Cluster.
According to Dr Popova, the newborn Kosovo democracy may be at risk. She recommends attention to be paid to what she calls “subjective” issues that challenge the participation of minorities in elections or census polls. In this respect, Dr Popova wishes to raise awareness of the issue among stakeholders, national and international organizations, and policy and decision makers.
This Paper is based on findings gathered in the field by ECMI Kosovo, and it looks at concerns and issues raised by non-Albanian and non-Serb minority communities in Kosovo. In the Paper, Dr Popova assesses the concerns and issues in the light of the weight of the minority vote as provided by Kosovo’s legislative framework.
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