Nicole Slezak

Nicole Slezak (Kosovo Women’s Network): Nicole received her BA in communication studies and political science from the University of California, Los Angeles In 2007. During this time she studied abroad in the Czech Republic on a National Security Education Program scholarship. At the time of her fellowship, Nicole was studying for a Master’s Degree in Security Studies with a focus on International Security at Georgetown University.

KWN Voter’s Initiative Project

01 Jul

The KWN is currently working on a “Voter’s Voice” Project that will hold politicians accountable for promises made while campaigning for election. The project is especially relevant, as the implementation of Kosova’s Constitution officially transitions UN responsibilities to the government of Kosova. Furthermore, since the creation of the open list election system in 2007, voters select individual candidates rather than political parties. Therefore, politicians can be held directly accountable for broken promises and lack of government services.

To get the project running, the KWN will open a telephone hotline so citizens can call to voice their complaints and concerns regarding government actions or services. All telephone calls will be free of charge and will be recorded without individual names or identifying information. This will allow KWN to track the most common grievances held by voters and determine which politicians are fulfilling their campaign promises. KWN will then issue a report regarding these concerns in order to notify politicians of citizens’ needs. The KWN believes this initiative will also hold politicians responsible for their promises because the report will reveal which officials are not satisfying their previous promises and will advocate that voters punish those officials by not voting for them in re-elections.

In order to raise awareness about the project and encourage voters to call the hotline, KWN will hold a training session for advocacy groups on 28 June 2008. Advocacy groups from ten municipalities will then distribute leaflets and meet with citizens. There the groups will give instruction on methods available to keep politicians responsible for the promises they made during campaigns.

Posted By Nicole Slezak

Posted Jul 1st, 2007