2-3 February 2017, Hotel Tirana International, Tirana
Despite remarkable improvements, Albanian democracy still lacks proper involvement and participation of citizens in the decision making process and efficient mechanisms to hold elected representatives and state officials accountable. Citizens are enabled to express their will through electoral processes, once every few years, processes in which the possibility for effective selection of candidates or candidacies is being narrowed.
To have a discussion on these matters and initiate a public debate on the need to address the regulation of the right of Albanian citizens to participate fully in the decision-making process of the country, KRIIK Albania, in collaboration with the Coalition of Domestic Observers (CDO) are organizing the International Conference “We the People; Citizens’ Participation and Direct Democracy”. The Conference will be realized on 2-3 February 2017, at Hotel Tirana International. An opportunity to exchange opinions on ways to empower Albanian citizens, as an alignment of all actors, both political and civic.
The moment of the organization of this Conference is a good opportunity to address this major matter by the political parties already during the electoral campaign for the 18 June 2017 Parliamentary Elections and follow up by the decision-makers coming out of these elections, especially the governing majority, in the concretization of direct forms of direct democracy, as well as other legal mechanisms that aim to empower the citizens’ will.
The International Conference “We the People; Citizens’ Participation and Direct Democracy” is made possible through the financial support and special contribution of the Embassy of Switzerland in Albania, and the financial support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Albania and the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Albania.
KRIIK Albania Association, in cooperation with the Coalition of Domestic Observers, from Monday 19 December will organize four round tables with the topic “Electoral corruption jeopardizing Albanian democracy and the role of citizens’ participation” in Shkodër, Vlorë, Durrës and Berat, respectively on 19, 20, 21 and 22 December 2016.
This initiative is part of the advocacy campaign addressing electoral corruption and encouraging direct democracy, realized by KRIIK in cooperation with the Coalition of Domestic Observers, and supported financially by the Embassy of Switzerland in Tirana and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tirana.
The aim of the activity is to raise concerns about all forms and manifestations of deformation of the popular will in electoral processes, as well as in-between them. It is also aimed to bring into attention and open a discussion about processes with a major impact in electoral matters, or democracy in general, such as the electoral reform, finances of political parties or decriminalization. Specifically, will be discussed about the causes for the failure of the electoral reform, the lack of control over finances of political parties and lack of efficiency of the decriminalization process.
During the round tables will be presented the main elements constituting electoral corruption and, besides informing on them, will be brought a more complete and in depth approach to the phenomenon of electoral corruption, especially with regard to topics such as election management, electoral justice and finances of political parties, highlighting throughout every presentation and discussion the space and necessity for a proactive role of all actors of the society, and citizens themselves, and discuss means to face this phenomenon.
The program of the round tables is divided into two main sessions. The first session will be dedicated to the theoretical presentation of the phenomenon of electoral corruption, as well as institutional and political developments of the last months. The second session will be dedicated to discussion with the participants based on topics discussed in the first session, manifestation of the phenomenon at the local level and will be provided space for open discussions by the participants.
The discussions and concerns highlighted during the round tables will be presented to the Ad-Hoc Parliamentary Committee for the Electoral Reform and to the relevant political and institutional actors, or even to the Parliamentary Committee of Legal Matters, to the latter related to undertaking other legal amendments, necessary to improve the upcoming electoral process and addressing ion concrete terms the issues that constitute and feed the phenomenon. .
Invited and participants in the round tables will be representatives of local non-governmental organizations, political parties, responsible institutions, local media, youth and students, professionals or persons interested in electoral matters and well functioning of democracy.
The program of the Round-tables is below or in .pdf format can be downloaded HERE.
Tirana, on 16 December 2016!