Acta Universitatis Danubius. Juridica, Vol 14, No 2 (2018)

The Certification And Decertification Process Of Elections, With Special Emphasis In The Republic Of Kosovo

Sadik Haxhiu, Fejzullah Hasani


The right of all adult citizens to participate in the issues of their country's governance is one of the cornerstones of democracy. Election participation is defined by internal legal acts such as constitution, laws, electoral codes, and through international legal acts. This right throughout history has been limited, by completely banning certain categories of citizens to participate in elections or by placing voters censorship such as the rich, poor, educated, etc. Apart from the active and passive right to participate in the elections, the constitution and the electoral laws have also determined the right of exclusion from the elections.

In the contemporary world, with internal norms and international law, special criteria are set for the certification and decertification of voters in the elections.

The purpose of this paper is to assess the colliding norms that exist in Kosovo's legislation regarding the participation of citizens in the elections, especially the colliding norms between the constitution and the electoral laws in the certification-de-certification provisions of the elections. With these shortcomings and ambiguities, international standards for democratic elections have been violated.


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