The first discussion topic from the series YOUth ELECT was “Political Ideologies and the Voting Process”. The invited panel members for this discussion were: Mr. Anton Vukpalaj, Professor of Political Sciences, Mr. Rene Schlee, Country Director of FES Office in Kosova, and Mr. Vigan Sejdiu, Politologist, whereas the moderator for this event was Mr. Erblin Hoxha, Executive Director of Debate Center. The primary aim of this discussion was to inform the young voters about political ideologies and the situation in Kosovo. Video: “Political Ideologies and the Voting Process”
The second discussion from the YOUth ELECT series was held with the topic: “A Reflection on Decision to Vote”, and the invitees were: Mrs. Jeta Xharra (Journalist), Ms Agnesa Haxhiu (Researcher in KDI) and Mr. Adnan Rrustemi (an MP candidate from LVV). The aim of this debate was to offer the youth a new view from the invited panelists and help in setting of priorities among candidates or the political parties during the voting period.
The topic of the third discussion from the YOUth ELECT series was “The Weight of Electoral Promises”. Panelist to this discussion were: Mrs. Donika Emini, Director of the CIVIKOS Platform, Mr. Korab Sejdiu, Lawyer and former MP, as well as Mr. Vigan Sejdiu, Politologist. The primary purpose of this discussion was to inform the young participants about the elections promises, political party programs and the importance of including the true requests coming from the youth and the citizens.
The fourth discussion from the YOUth ELECT series was held with the topic “Inclusion of Youth in Youth Forums of the Political Parties – Substantial or Superficial”. The invited panelists for this discussion were: Mr. Butrint Berisha, Researcher from PIPS, Mr. Enis Dërguti, Co-ordinator in the National Youth Congress of Kosova, Mr. Erblin Hoxha, Executive Director of Debate Center. The moderator of this event was Mr. Vigan Sejdiu. The primary aim of this discussion was to inform the young voters about the way of inclusion of youth in the political parties and about the situation in Kosovo.
During these debates it was deemed necessary to inform the youth more about the electoral and political processes and also inform them about the contents of the political ideologies, so that they become capable to select during the elections process based on the knowledge they possess and based on the electoral programs, and not just vote for the sake of fulfilling their duty as citizens. Another important element was the call for a bigger inclusion of youth in the political and decision-making processes within the political party youth forums and in the other governing institutions, so as to have their voices represented as much as possible in these processes.
Within this project, two awareness-raising videos were prepared. Their aim was to invite youth and women in a bigger number and have them exercise their right to vote.