Political parties have begun making public the candidates they will run in the local elections expected this fall.
Of the few names already known, there are still no women to whom the party has entrusted the leadership of municipalities. Civil society is urging political parties to nominate more women in local elections, especially for the position of mayor.
The participation of women in elections and their nomination to run municipalities is considered necessary. Likewise the prohibition of the practice of family voting, to enable women then to seek the vote and testify in local leadership.
The head of the Kosovar Center for Gender Studies, Luljeta Demolli says for KosovaPress, that the beginning of the presentation of candidacies has left her disappointed.
“It is already outdated and it is ridiculous that the argument of political parties that we do not have women to nominate them as candidates for local elections, is not true, but now we see that the whole Parliament is full of women, we have women women everywhere, such an argument is absurd, we do not have women to decide, it is that fraternal bond, it is a matter of business, it is a matter of interests, it is a matter of local government, it is a matter of family vote because it is easier for them to join that vote family a vote a house, goes and talks in the room with the village elder, provides him with votes and it is quite simple how he then comes to those local governments, but it is very bad“, She says.
Bekim Salihu, a researcher at the GAP Institute, says that parties are not setting the right example by running in a higher percentage of men.
“The reason why we do not have women in the position of mayor comes precisely from the fact that political parties ignore the principle of providing women names in their lists for mayor because in municipal assemblies it is a legal obligation to have at least 30% but this legal obligation does not oblige them to nominate mayors, while excluding the legal aspect, within the principles of good governance, political parties will have to nominate women to lead municipalities, and this would undoubtedly reflect well in views of the country’s image “, he says.
Qëndrim Arifi from the organization INPO, says that women are not adequately participating in budget meetings and other hearings organized by municipalities.
“In addition to being necessary, it is necessary for a woman to participate in elections, for a woman to participate in various representations, whether local or central, but it is also necessary for a certain municipality to lead a woman… We know that few women and few men get the courage to run as independent candidates because here party issues are dominant and you find it hard to penetrate unless you are nominated or nominated by a political party, so the only way is to nominate women candidates from political parties. We must raise the standards of development as a society and be represented by women in all spheres“, He says.
The President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani during this week has met the political parties for consultation on the date of the local elections that are expected to be held in October./Kosovapress.