Between 1998 and 2008, the International Foundation for Electoral Services (IFES) provided a range of services to support free and fair elections in Kosovo, including civic education campaigns, public outreach, political finance monitoring and technical election administration. Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence and transfer of election management capabilities from international institutions to the Central Election Commission (CEC) have shaped IFES’ programming ever since.
In 2009, IFES provided assistance for Kosovo’s first domestically-run national elections as an independent State. The achievements of the program included capacity building of the CEC; a structural review of the CEC Secretariat; development of a voter list update strategy; effective election management support; and results tabulation assistance. IFES worked closely with the CEC to implement electoral and constitutional reform in 2011, and to support and increase knowledge of electoral and constitutional reform processes through 2012.
In 2013, IFES began a new project that aims to increase the capacity of the CEC, Count and Results Center, and Election Complaints and Appeals Panel over two electoral cycles. In response to early parliamentary elections in 2014, IFES also began a short-term project to increase access and inclusion for persons with disabilities and women (both as voters and as election officials), and to develop a system to monitor electoral violence and violations.