October 12, 2017
The Kosovo Central Election Commission officials organized a simulation of local elections for the purpose of informing and educating young voters, with a special focus on young voters. Around 90 freshmen students attended the simulation.
Upon opening this simulation exercise, RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) president Dr. Sharon Y. Hart addressed freshmen students by emphasizing the importance of voting. She advised students to look at alternatives so that through their votes they see how they can contribute to the future of Kosovo. Among other things, she said, “One of the beauties of living in many places is the opportunity to vote. And, I believe that most of you are at the right age, 18 and above, and you have the possibility to see how you can contribute to Kosovo and its upcoming elections.”
Ms. Valdete Daka, head of the Central Election Commission, urged students to vote because, as she claimed, it is their right to choose the one who should lead their municipality. Among other things, she said, “You will be able to experience the process of voting through this simulation where you need to choose the ones you think are the best candidates to lead you.”
During this simulation, the freshmen students were given the chance to simulate a run for office as a candidate for Mayor or Municipal Assembly. They were also able to simulate a selection of polling station counselors and observers, run an election campaign, vote, count the votes, and announce the results.
This simulation was organized in cooperation with RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Student Government. A snapshot of the simulation can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfSOfqqW6wM