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  • MPs Performance

    Background/Summary/Basic info
    Lead by the fact that democracy functions the best when the citizens are acquainted with and involved in the policy making process, MOST directs its activities to education and informing citizens, by which it contributes to the development of more democratic society. Besides that, the increasing of the transparency and accountability of the institutions secure additional value of the process.

    In 2003 and in the beginning of 2004 a pilot phase of the project was realized. In October 2006 MOST and the Parliament of R Macedonia signed the Memorandum of cooperation on the project MP’s Performance. The ways of mutual cooperation and coordination of the activities in the field of informing the citizens on the work of their elected representatives in the Parliament of R Macedonia was established with this Memorandum.

    MPs’ performance report was based on the presentation of the data according to criteria set in advance. The data on the MPs’ performance were based on the official information from the Parliament of R Macedonia. Besides the data gained by the Parliament of R Macedonia, the report contained data on the meetings of the Representatives with the citizens and civil organizations in the frames of the project Mobile Parliament, public opinion pools,  as well as data on the used services provided by the Office for contact between the NGOs and Parliament of R Macedonia.

    The report on the performance of the MPs was published twice a year in February and September. Each covered a six month period and was published in the course of 2 years.

    Overall objective
    The overall goal of the project is to increase the cooperativeness and responsiveness of the members of Parliament of R Macedonia towards the real concerns of the citizens and to improve the quality of their work through informing the public about the MPs’ performance. At the same time it will articulate the interests and needs of the citizens and civil organizations in the process of policy creation and enacting laws in the Parliament of R Macedonia.

    Specific objectives

    • Increasing the accountability and responsiveness of the MP’s  towards the citizens needs;
    • Assessing the quality of the performance of the MP’s;
    • Informing the citizens about the work of their elected officials in the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia.

    Period of implementation
    November 1 2006-January 31 2009

    Achievements

    • 4 semiannual MP Performance Cards prepared, published and promoted;
    • A total of 240000 copies distributed to the citizens;
    • Increased number of Laws proposed by MPs;
    • Increased number of MPs questions addressed to the Government
    • Set standards for monitoring of the work of the MP’s;
    • Raised awareness of the citizens on the performance of their elected officials;
    • Increased capacity of the Parliament administration.

    Key achievement of this project was reaching full sustainability. After publishing the 4 Report MP’s Performance card the entire project was handed over to the Parliament of R Macedonia. Now the Parliament publishes the reports.

    This project was funded by Balkan Trust for Democracy - BTD, National Endowment for Democracy - NED and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

  • Open Lists

    Background/Summary/Basic info
    The need for continuous evolution of the electoral system urges for its periodical changes and improvements. With this change, the system will induce the citizens for their greater level of interest and involvement in the electoral process. Also, the improvement of the electoral model will have positive influence on intra-party democracy, the degree of decentralization of political parties and the level of responsiveness of the elected officials towards citizens.

    The introduction  of the open lists will bring several advantages: it will enable citizens to choose between different candidates on the lists which will increase the legitimacy and responsibility of elected officials; it will increase the level of intra-party democracy which will lead to greater influence from local party branches to the central level; it will increase the quality of proposed candidates and, accordingly, their campaigns; it will introduce a merit system for creating candidates lists which will decrease the chances for proposing weak candidates, obedient party members etc.

    Overall objective
    The overall objective of the project is to raise the awareness of citizens for the open lists as a modality of the proportional representation electoral system. This system will enable citizens to vote not just for candidates lists, but also for individual candidates on the lists.

    Specific objectives

    • Increasing the awareness and gathering public support on the issue of open lists
    • Opening a mass debate trough all the society spheres on the significance of introduction of proportional system with open lists
    • Lobbying on amending and supplementing the electoral code for introduction of the proportional system with open lists


    This project is funded by: The Embassy of the United States of America, the Embassy of the United Kingdom and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

    www.otvorenilisti.org

  • Advocacy Center

    Background/Summary/Basic info
    The Citizen`s Association MOST believes that the “Active citizens strengthen democracy”, therefore it conducts its activities for and with the citizens.
    The advocacy is still not enough understood and practiced in the country. In the past the citizens of the country have witnessed few advocacy campaigns. Yet, the country and all relevant stakeholders such as the Government, the Parliament, NGOs, the Business Community, interest groups, have to create an environment where the rules will be clear.
    Since august 2009, it is the course of action of the Advocacy Center as well.
    The Advocacy Center is a project of the Citizen`s Association MOST and a continuance of the project “Office for contact between the NGOs and the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia”, which was also implemented by MOST. All of the existing resources of this office – web portal and the on – line library, researches and analyses and the forum, will fall under the Advocacy Center. In this respect actually the services that the Office was providing will be the driving force of the Center. Moreover, all contacts and relations that the Office and MOST have established during the past years of active work in this field will be on the disposal to the Advocacy Center.

    Overall objective
    Contributing towards more informed and active citizens and sustained community participation in the process of policy creation and decision making.

    Specific objectives

    • Strengthening the capacity of the stakeholders in the area of Advocacy through trainings and sharing of expertise;
    • Raising the awareness of the stakeholders on their rights and responsibilities as active citizens and the opportunities for their involvement;
    • Informing the relevant stakeholders on the opportunities for their involvement in the process of policy creation and decision making.


    This project is funded by the Balkan Trust for Democracy - BTD

  • My Parliament

    Background/Summary/Basic info
    “My Parliament” is an action-research project monitoring, investigating, sublimating and reporting through public disclosure of the appliance of the legal obligations and powers in regards to formal participatory processes for improved democratic oversight of implementation of the national policy and citizen’s participation in the process of policy creation and consultations.

    The project is a follow up or a step further of the project MP’s Performance card representing one of the most successful stories of the Citizens Association MOST in regards to the improvement of the work and functioning of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia. The Parliament efforts to engage citizens, CSO’s and the expert community in order to provide sustainable solutions and policies are below any level of satisfaction. In majority of the cases the CSO’s are misused in the process of consultations when the decision makers are inviting them to a consultation session just to have a solid justification and to show that the process was inclusive, without being open to accept any of the recommendations or solutions offered by the CSO’s.

    Through monitoring, data collection, analyzing and public disclosure of the findings on the citizens participation and impact over the policy creation process the project will foster the Parliament and the MP’s to consult, engage and accept the recommendations of the CSO’s and on the other side it will empower the citizens and CSO’s in this area.

    Overall objective
    The My Parliament project will contribute towards increased influence and participation of the CSO’s in the processes of policy creation by fostering the Parliament and the MP’s to perform their duties in accordance with the national legislation and the powers drawn from it. It will also promote the concept of participatory democracy and citizen’s involvement by sharing the best practices as basis for functional democracy.


    This project is funded by National Endowment for Democracy - NED

  • Standards for sustainability of the accountability

    Standards for sustainability of the accountability, transparency and cooperativeness of the Local Self-Government

    Background/Summary/Basic info
    From the very beginning of the process of decentralization the need for transparency, responsibility and accountability of the municipalities to its citizens continuously increases.

    For this reason MOST took the initiative to start implementation and establishment of mechanisms that lead to a ongoing partnership between the municipality and its citizens. To increase transparency and accountability of municipalities and to encourage good governance, it is necessary to take the following steps: to improve the quality of information on the work of municipalities that are made available to the public and to provide ways according to which such regular and timely information will be made available to citizens.

    The project is a follow up of Accountable, cooperative and transparent local self-government project, which despite the results achieved detected serious shortcomings in the work of the municipal councils, as well as in the ways of informing the citizens.

    Overall objective
    The overall objective of the project is to contribute towards increased transparency, accountability and good governance and to increase the citizen’s awareness about the work of the councils of the Local Self – Government units.

    Specific objectives

    • Increased quality and availability of information on the work of the municipal councils to citizens;
    • Informed citizens about the success of applying the established criteria and standards in the development and availability of records for the work of the Municipality Councils.


    This project is implemented in the frames of the program CIVICA Mobilitas, conducted by the Center for Institutional Development CIRa and financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation represented by the Swiss Cooperation Office in Macedonia. The project is also supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

    www.mojotsovetnik.org.mk

  • Travel to Europe

    Background/Summary/Basic info
    The project TRAVEL TO EUROPE is motivated by the obvious inability of the younger generations to gain firsthand experience of Europe.  Young people, students at the Universities in Macedonia, representing the bearers of the future development of this country have not got the chance to travel abroad due to visa or economical issues.

    Travel to Europe is a regional project, that beside in Macedonia is implemented in other countries in the Western Balkans, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo.

    Overall objective
    The project goal was to support the best students of the Universities in Macedonia, in their final year of studying, to travel around Europe and to get acquainted with the democratic values, habits and culture of the European countries, which can later on be promoted in Macedonia. At the same time the students promoted Macedonia around Europe.

    Specific objectives

    • Students from Macedonia will have an opportunity to get to know countries, towns and Europe culture;
    • They will be missionaries, which will spread culture of the dialogue and exchange, and at the same time introduce Europe with youth from Macedonia;
    • Declarative orientation towards Europe, which this country accepted with the Candidate status, will no longer be just a phrase, it will be carried out in the most direct manner, and the beneficiaries will be the carriers of the future of this country;
    • Raising the level of awareness among youth on importance of success during education, and in wide scope influencing on disturbed value charts during the years of transition of the country. This action will be intense promotion of education as a credible way to succeed in life;
    • Intellectual and cultural elite of the country will be enhanced by significant number of youth which will be able to present European values and European idea;
    • Presentation of affirmative Macedonia to the citizens of Europe by distributing brochures about Macedonia.

    Period of implementation
    May 2007 – September 2007
    June 2008 – November 2008
    June 2009 – November 2009
    June 2010 – October 2010
    June 2011 – October 2011

    Achievements

    • More than 100 students spent 1 month each in Europe exchanging experiences, getting acquainted with the European values;
    • Over 30.000 Europeans received the brochures promoting Macedonia;
    • Affirmative presentation of Macedonia to the citizens of Europe;
    • Initial group consisted of young and educated people, familiar with the core democratic values of the European Union and the process of EU integration, was created.

    This project was funded by Robert Bosch Foundation through the Balkan Trust for Democracy-BTD

  • Monitoring of the Constituency Offices

    Background/Summary/Basic info
    The project was developed to create a system for formal and systematic monitoring of MP constituency offices with an eye to increase the quality of services provided by the constituent offices and the frequency of communications between MPs and citizens.  The MPs’ constituency offices were opened to provide the citizens with opportunity to interact and communicate more frequently with their elected officials. These offices were supposed to be on their highest level of performance in order to change the public perception about the MPs and the Parliament in general.
    Information regarding constituency office performance was gathered through telephone interviews with staff and field interviews with the citizens.

    Key objectives

    • To increase the level of performance of the Constituency offices/ assistants, in order to enhance the public perception about the MPs/ Parliament;
    • To monitor the follow up of the cases addressed to the MPs by the citizens;
    • To measure the visibility of the offices and communication frequency between the MPs and the citizens.

    Period of implementation
    November 2007 – October 2009

    Achievements
    -  Increased number of meetings between citizens & MPs;
    -  Increased number of citizens using CO services;
    -  Increased number of questions addressed to the Government by MPs at the request of citizens.

    This project was funded by the Swiss Cooperation office Macedonia -SDC Macedonia

  • Accountability, transparency and cooperativeness

    Background/Summary/Basic info

    With the process of decentralization the municipalities and the mayors in RM have received larger responsibilities not only on local issues but also on issues such as the economic development on local and regional level.
    Through the introduction of the second phase of the decentralization vast majority of the municipalities have gained with a mechanism for gathering bigger revenue and by that creating the opportunity to increase the quality of life of the local communities. However, by getting the revenues increased the municipal authorities have faced challenges such as accusations of corruption, bad planning and budget execution and closed and not transparent functioning of the municipal apparatus. As one of the shortcomings of the current system, the lack of mechanisms for check and balance can be pointed out. The low interest of the citizens and the level of knowledge on issues, on which they can be inclusive, in particular in the processes of policy creation and decision making, is also one of the challenges. The surveys are showing that lack of capacity raises as an obstacle for efficient and transparent functioning of the Municipalities, still emphasizing the political will to actually apply the concept of accountability. The issue of responsiveness towards the citizens needs in the process of creating the plans, programs and sub-programs, further on to the budget planning, than the public procurement and the accountability of the Mayors towards their constituency and the municipal councils is also one of the challenges to be addressed rather sooner than later.

    As a result of the stated above, MOST began to implement the project "Accountability, transparency and cooperativeness of the local self government”. With this project MOST for the first time directed its activities and capacities towards the field of local government.

    The experience that was gained through the implementation of projects at national level was of great importance in creating and implementing the project. Target group of this project were the local self governments in Macedonia. At this stage of the process included 6 municipalities: Kriva Palanka, Stip, Gostivar, Oslomej, and Debarca.

    Overall objective
    Contribution towards increased citizens’ participation in the policy creation and decision making processes on local level and improving the accountability, responsiveness and the transparency of the Local Self-government.

    Specific objectives

    • Increasing awareness and improving the knowledge about the ways and opportunities on the ways citizen’s, CSO’s, business and interest groups can participate in the process of policy creation and decision making on the local level;
    • Raising awareness among the Public administration in the Local Self Government and the elected members of the councils on the ways and opportunities of citizen’s and CSO’s participation in the process of decision making on local level as well as anti-corruption and transparency principles;
    • Increased information flow on the work and performance of the Local Self Government councils among the citizens/constituency;
    • Enabled channel for two way communications among the stakeholders in the process of local policy creation and decision making.

    Period of implementation
    February 2010 – June 2011

    Achievements

    • Published  and distributed 12 reports on the work of the councils of 6 municipalities (Kriva Palanka, Stip, Gostivar, Debarca, Oslomej and Mogila);
    • Published 6 White lists with 65 priority problems of the citizens out of which 20 were incorporated in the budgets of the 6 municipalities;
    • Published Guides for citizens participation in the policy and decision making processes in the Local Self Government for the citizens and public administration.


    This project was funded by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and CIVICA Mobilitas Programme, financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

  • Voters List On-Line

    The year 2006 started with the project “Voter’s List on line”. The project introduced Macedonia as the first country in the region that provides its citizens with an easy on line access to their data in the Voters List.
    The basic objective of the project was to secure easy access to the Voter’s List for the voters in the country. The activity has improved the transparency and had a positive impact on the election process. The accuracy of the Voter’s List, citizens’ confidence in the Voters’ List, i.e. the transparency secured through the easy access is significant for the legitimacy of the elections.

    The project produced essential long term results:
    - A powerful tool for easy access to the Voter’s List was created www.izbirackispisok.gov.mk;
    - Methodology for efficient updates of the Voters’ List was established;
    - The transparency of the election process was increased as well as the confidence in it;
    - It contributed towards capacity building of the state institutions and state administration, having in mind that the Ministry of justice as project partner took the responsibility for further updating of the Voter’s List on line.

    Key achievement
    The resource is now incorporated within the capacities of the State Election Commission.

    This project was funded by the Norwegian People’s Aid - NPA

  • Monitoring of the Local by-elections of Saraj 2011

    Background/Summary/Basic info
    The President of the Parliament Mr. Trajko Veljanovski announced the Local by elections for Mayor of the Municipality of Saraj on the 4th of October 2011. On the 13th October 2011, the State Election Commission has conducted a session and enacted the time plan on this election process. The elections were scheduled on the 18th of December 2011.

    These elections are announced due to the fact that the up to date Mayor, Mr.Blerim Bexheti, was elected member of the Parliament in the Early Parliamentary 2011. Later on Mr. Blerim Bexheti was nominated and voted for Minister of Justice within the Government of R Macedonia formed after the election process was finished.

    Overall objective
    To contribute towards transparent electoral process for Mayor of Municipality of Saraj through non partisan observation of the election process.

    Project activities

    • Monitoring and reporting on the conduct of the participants/candidates in the pre-election   campaign;
    • Nationwide recruitment, training and deploying of the volunteers – observers
    • Monitoring of the E-day;
    • Monitoring of the possible re-runs and second round of the elections;
    • Monitoring the work of the State Election Commission and Municipal Election Commissions;
    • Informing the public on the findings.

    Period of implementation
    December 2011 – January 2012

    This project is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

  • Cooperation with CDT


  • Presidential and Early Parliamentary elections

    Project: Domestic monitoring of Presidential and Early Parliamentary elections

    The democracy starts and functions through free, regular and fair elections.

    The Project mission: Contribution towards transparent electoral process through non-partisan domestic monitoring of all segments of election process.

    The Project objectives are:

    • Ensuring citizens participation in the process of domestic non-partisan monitoring of elections;
    • Ensuring the respect of the rule of law and human rights in the course of voting procedure at the polling stations;
    • Increasing awareness among citizens on their rights and obligations related to the examination of the official Voters' list of RM.

    Project activities:

    • Obtaining and processing data on the citizens examination of their data in the Voters list in the branch offices of the State Election Commission (within the legally prescribed period for public inspection of the voters list);
    • Recruitment and training of the volunteers as domestic observers
    • Monitoring the pre-election period (monitoring the work of MEC, activities of the political parties and activities of all stakeholders within the election process);
    • Monitoring the election campaign;
    • Monitoring the voting of the internally displaced persons, sick and disabled persons and persons who are in custody or serving prison sentence;
    • Monitoring the Election day (mobile teams, PVT observers, observers monitoring the work of MECs and SEC);
    • Monitoring of the post election period (process of submitting appeals and complaints);
    • Analyzing the reports and informing the public.
  • Петта фаза на Мобилен Парламент

    Општа цел: Придонес кон зголемена доверба во демократијата, преку подобрување на комуникацијата меѓу граѓаните, граѓанските групи, пратениците и локалната власт преку овозможување демократска дебата за прашања релевантни за пристапување на земјата во ЕУ и на тој начин влијание врз креирањето политики и донесувањето одлуки на национално и локално ниво.

    Специфична цел 1: Да се ​​зголеми одговорноста и отчетноста на избраните претставници кон граѓаните и подобрување на комуникацијата меѓу граѓаните, граѓанските групи, пратениците и единиците на локалната самоуправа;

    Специфична цел 2: Да им се овозможи на жените, социјално ранливите групи, земјоделските производители, групите за заштита на животната средина, заштитници правата на децата и правата на Ромите преку директна комуникација со избраните претставници ефикасно и ефективно да се залагаат за позитивни промени на локално и на национално ниво;

    Специфична цел 3: Да се ​​зголеми влијанието на целните групи во процесите на креирање политики и донесување одлуки на национално и локално ниво преку подготовка на аргументирани препораки за одржливи решенија.

    Предвидени активности:

    • Подготвителна фаза

    -      Подготовка и спроведување на теренска и медиумска кампања за промоција на проектот;

    -      Истражување во 6 тематски приоритети: а) правата на жените и родовата еднаквост; б) еднакви можности; в) социјално ранливи лица и лицата со посебни потреби; г) регионални политики, со акцент на животната средина; д) за земјоделството и руралниот развој; ѓ) нелегалната миграција и прашања поврзани со лица кои бараат азил во земјите на ЕУ, со цел да се утврди нивната импликација и влијанието на различните заедници.

    Спроведување на 20 состаноци / јавни дебати во сите 6 изборни единици со граѓаните, граѓанските групи, пратениците и претставниците од единиците на локална самоуправа за прашања од локално значење

    - Комуникација со пратеници, единици на локална самоуправа, мобилизација на целните групи и граѓанските организации, со цел да се обезбеди нивното присуство на состаноците / јавните дебати;

    - Одржување на состаноци / јавни дебати во врска со претходно избрани прашања од локално значење;

    - Подготовка на извештаи со препораки за решавање на локалните проблеми од секоја одржана средба;

    - Споделување на извештаите со препораки до јавноста, пратениците и локалните власти.

    Мониторинг на работата на Собранието и на единиците на локалната самоуправа и информирање на јавноста за напредокот во однос на препораките од средбите


    -      Следење на седниците за пратенички прашања во Собранието на РМ;

    -      Следење на седниците на советите на единиците на локална самоуправа;

    -      Продукција на квартални видео емисии во врска со локалните проблеми и препораките за нивно надминување, како и нивно емитување на локалните медиуми;

    -      Подготвување на квартални извештаи за напредокот на препораките и нивно споделување со јавноста, Владата, пратениците и локалните власти.

    Проектот е финансиран од Европската Унија преку Европскиот инструмент за демократија и човекови права

  • Early Parliamentary Elections 2011

    Project: Domestic monitoring of Early parliamentary elections 2011

    The democracy starts and functions through free, regular and fair elections.

    The Project mission: Contribution towards transparent electoral process through non-partisan domestic monitoring of all segments of election process.

    The Project objectives are:

    • Ensuring citizens participation in the process of domestic non-partisan monitoring of elections;
    • Ensuring the respect of the rule of law and human rights in the course of voting procedure at the polling stations;
    • Increasing awareness among citizens on their rights and obligations related to the examination of the official Voters' list of RM.

     

    Project activities:

    • Obtaining and processing data on the citizens examination of their data in the Voters list in the branch offices of the State Election Commission (within the legally prescribed period for public inspection of the voters list 25 April to 4 May);
    • Recruitment and training of the volunteers as domestic observers
    • Monitoring the pre-election period (monitoring the work of MEC, activities of the political parties and activities of all stakeholders within the election process);
    • Monitoring the election campaign (monitoring the respect for the Code of conduct for free and fair elections);
    • Monitoring the voting of the internally displaced persons, sick and disabled persons and persons who are in custody or serving prison sentence;
    • Monitoring the Election day (static observers, mobile teams, PVT observers, rotating observers, observers monitoring the work of MECs and SEC);
    • Monitoring of the post election period (process of submitting appeals and complaints);
    • Analyzing the reports and informing the public.

     

  • First Time Voters

    Background/Summary/Basic info
    The idea to implement the project came out of the need for continuous and permanent education of the voters. In 2004, MOST made a decision to work on education of the ones who needed it the most, i.e. the first time voters. Although the statistical data are not detailed and clear enough, still the existing data indicate that the interest of this group for political issues, including the elections is very low. Only the youngsters who are engaged in the political parties gain certain education which is not complete.
    The best way to include the entire target group was to use the educational system, i.e. the final years of the secondary schools throughout the country.
    The implementation of the project started in September 2004. The first phase of the project was implemented during the school year 2004/ 2005. The results from the first phase lead to continuation of the project in the next 6 school years including 2010/ 2011. Firstly, the project was supported by the target group secondary school senior students and later on by the head masters of the secondary schools and by the professors as well.
    In October 2005 a Memorandum of cooperation between MOST and Ministry of education and science was signed. In the following years the implementation of the project was supported by Memorandum of cooperation with Ministry of education and science, but the final goal of the project was full incorporation of the subject in the national educational curriculum.
    The implementation of the project foresaw serious coordination, logistic support and communication with the secondary schools in all cities in R Macedonia.
    Nevertheless, the good fact is that great numbers of youngsters were part of the workshops during the course of years, and through methodologically adapted approach, they interactively were introduced with the election process as well as with the advantages of being active citizens.

    Overall objective
    The overall project objective was to contribute towards improvement of the knowledge of the first time voters on their rights and responsibilities in relation to the elections and the importance of being active citizens, through continues capacity building of the formal educational system in the R. Macedonia.

    Specific objectives

    • Educate the first time voters about election processes and active citizenship;
    • Raising the awareness of the First Time Voters on the issues of family and proxy voting;
    • Transferring the capacities and knowledge to the formal educational system in the country.

    Period of implementation

    School year 2004/2005 – School year 2010/2011

    Achievements

    • Educated a total of 23 639 first time voters;
    • 871 workshops conducted, in 104 High Schools around the country;
    • Produced and distributed Guide for the first time voters, Glossary of election terms and flyers on family and proxy voting;
    • Trained more than 20 trainers engaged in the workshops;
    • Signed Memorandum of Cooperation with the Ministry of education and Science.

     

    Key achievement of this project was reaching sustainability and institualization. The subjects covered in the workshops are incorporated within the curriculum of the Civic education classes. Through a decision enacted by the Ministry of education and science the educational curriculum of the Civic education class was amended and supplemented for all vocations in the secondary education.

    This project was funded by National Endowment for Democracy - NED, Norwegian People’s Aid - NPA, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, United Nations Development Program - UNDP and the European Union

  • Presidential and Local elections 2009

    Project: Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections 2009

    The process of elections represents the core democratic value for a functional and plural democratic society.

    Project mission is:Contribution towards transparent electoral process through non partisan observation of all segments of elections.

    Project objectives are:

    • Ensuring citizens participation in the process of domestic non-partisan monitoring of elections;
    • Ensuring the respect of the rule of law in the course of voting procedure at the polling station;
    • Increased awareness among citizens on their rights and obligations related to the audit of the official Voters list of RM.

     

    The activities of the project Domestic monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections 2009 are divided into several segments:

    • Re-establishment of the network for implementation of the project activities;
    • Regular briefings with the regional coordinators on all the phases of the project;
    • Monitoring on the pre-election period;
    • Recruitment and training of the volunteers;
    • Monitoring of the voting of the displaced citizens, old and disabled persons, solders and prisoners that takes place one day before the E-day;
    • Monitoring of E-day (Static observers, mobile teams, PVT observers, rotating observers and observers deployed at the MECs and SEC);
    • Conducting the PVT program;
    • Monitoring of the post election period;
    • Analyzing the reports and informing the public;
    • Issuing Final Report.

     

    The project "Domestic monitoring of the Presidential and Local elections 2009" is being implemented by the Citizens Association MOST with generous support from the American people through USAID as well as from: Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, SIDA, German Embassy, SDC, Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, OSCE Spillover Monitoring Mission to Skopje and the Embassy of Czech Republic.

     

  • Office for contact between NGOs and the Parliament

    Background/Summary/Basic info
    The Office was opened in 2004 and represent a service for NGO’s and MP’s, a place where both can sit and discuss the legislative issues, a tool for CSO’s to lobby and advocate for important issues, a tool for MP’s to involve the CSO’s in the decision making process and preparation of the legislation that is affecting the everyday life of the citizens.

    Overall objective
    The overall goalof the office was to institutionalize the communication and cooperation between the Parliament and the CSOs.

    Specific objectives

    • By using all information tools, to provide the Parliament and civic sector with relevant data, essential for open and intensive dialogue;
    • Linking citizens with legislative bodies, in order to increase the input of the civil sector in policy creation and decision making process.


    Period of implementation
    October 2004 – July 2009

    Achievements 
    - 305 meetings organized, 82 at the request of citizens, 173 at the request of CSOs, 16 at the request of members of Parliament and 9 at the request of Parliament`s departments;
    - 6 proposals for enacting or amending laws;
    - Participation in public debates and public hearings;
    - Organization of Conferences and round tables;
    - Partner of the Parliament in implementation of the project e-Parliament in the field of scanning and preparing the shorthand notes (transcripts) later published on the official web page of the Parliament.

    In 2009 MOST transformed the Office into an “Advocacy centre” which is operational and assists the CSO’s in their lobbying and advocacy efforts.

    This project was funded by U.S. Agency for International Development, Balkan Trust for Democracy-BTD; Swiss Cooperation office Macedonia - SDC Macedonia and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

  • Mobile Parliament

    Background/Summary/Basic info
    The democracy as a process represents ruling of the majority of individuals and it is functioning best when the citizens are informed and involved in the process of policy creation and decision making.

    The basic function of the members of Parliament, representing the needs and interests of the citizens’ trough enacting laws accommodating their needs and interests, was a little bit forgotten.                                                          

    MOST decided to help citizens and bring them closer to their elected representatives in the legislative home, to establish ways of mutual communications and for that purpose, MOST started the implementation of the project “Mobile Parliament”.

    Overall objective
    The overall goal of the project Mobile Parliament was to educate the citizens on their rights and obligations in the period between two election processes. Additionally the essential goal of the project was to improve the communication between the MPs and their constituency as well as to build “bridge” between the Parliament and the citizens.

     

    Specific objectives

    • To increase responsibility and accountability of elected representatives towards the citizens;
    • To increase the role of citizens in the decision-making process and to improve communication between citizens and MPs;
    • Increase citizens’ awareness on their rights and responsibilities in the period between parliamentary elections.


    Period of implementation
    April 2003 – February 2008

    Achievements

    • Organized 93 meetings attended by more than 3500 citizens and 211 MP’s of two Parliamentary compositions and 48 representatives of the local self government units;
    • The Government made decision for construction of the road network Skopje – Porece (recommendation from the public meeting held on 07.12.2007 in Skopje)
    • Two amendments of the Budget of R Macedonia and one Representative question were submitted as recommendation from the Veles public meeting (25.12.2006) regarding the landslide Ramina;
    • One Representative question was addressed to the Government based on the public meeting that took place in Radovis 23.07.2007. Furthermore a decision was made by the Government to allocate funds for reconstruction of the school premise that was a topic on the public meeting;
    • Two amendments on the Budget of R Macedonia were submitted in order to support development of general and detailed urban plans in Kriva Palanka and Corridor 8. Regarding the same subject three Representative questions were raised by the MP Blagorodna Cvetkovska as an outcome from the Public meeting held in Kriva Palanka on 14.12.2007;
    • Two amendments to the Budget of R Macedonia were submitted in order to resolve the infrastructure/road problem in Gazi Baba-ED Skopje 2 (building of pedestrian and cycle roads on the main road).

    Key achievement of this project was reaching sustainability and institualization. In 2007 the Parliament established permanent constituency offices for contact with the citizens.

    This project was funded by Canadian International Development Agency – CIDA, Balkan Trust for Democracy – BTD, USAID through Institute for Sustainable Communities  and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherland

  • NGO Resource Book

    PUBLIC APPEAL

    To the NGOs

    CA MOST in the frames of the programme Responsive institutions would develop NGO Resource Book of the ones interested in cooperation with the Parliament of the R. Macedonia and other state institutions.

    Associations of the citizens interested in having their data published in the Resource Book, are being invited to complete the NGO profile questionnaire.

    The deadline to submit the questionnare is 20.07.2004 (Tuesday) and the interested associations may obtain the questionnaire on the www.most.org.mk or to ask for to have it faxed.

    MOST reserves the right, on the bases of the prior established criteria to undertake selection of the applied NGOs.

    Additional information on the phone: 02/ 32 38 426, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Because of summer holidays the deadline is prolonged till 31.08.2004

    questionnaire download

  • Visits to the Parliament

    Every new generation of voters is a great opportunity to establish strong value standards for the signification of the citizen rights and obligations, and the contribution of active citizens in developing the democratic society. Starting with the fact that the basis of a strong democratic society is represented by the young population, MOST directed its own educational program precisely towards the future voters.

    In cooperation with the Parliament of Republic of Macedonia in the period from 1st of April 2003, till 10th of June 2003, as voluntary activity MOST conducted the project “Visits to the Parliament of Republic of Macedonia”

    This project was of educational character and it was assign to students from the 4-th year from several secondary schools in Skopje, in other words for those who should go out on next elections and vote for the first time.

    The basic goals in realization of this project were:

    • bringing the institution Parliament closer to the students as a highest legislative and representative home;

    • informing young people about decision-making process, for their more active involvement in democratic process;

    • promoting the Parliament of R.Macedonia as a transparent and opened institution;

    • improving communication between members of parliament and future voters; and

    • arousing the volunteerism and involvement of the young population in the entire social-political process.

    During the visit of the Parliament building the students were introduced to all particulars in the building, as there are the meeting hall, entertainment halls and rooms of historical and cultural value for Macedonia. The visits were guided by experts from the Parliament service.

    There is no doubt that this kind of education for young people is out of great contribution for making an easier choice for the future voters and with that to arouse them to exercise their right to vote.

  • Citizens' Guide through the Parliament

    The brochure "Citizen's guide through the Parliament of R.Macedonia" represents a guide through the institution Assembly of R.Macedonia, a guide through the procedure of enacting a law, and especially explains the ways of including the citizens in the process of decision-making. It is in service of NGOs and citizens for getting to know the parliament procedure for enacting laws so that they can act accordingly.

    The first step for citizen’s involvement in the decision-making process is to inform them how the Parliament is working and establishing intensive relations for cooperation between the citizens and the national elected official.

    The booklet ”Citizen Guide trough the Parliament of R.Macedonia” is a guide trough the institution Parliament of R Macedonia, guide trough the procedure of enacting the laws, but also it elaborates the ways and possibilities for citizen’s involvement and NGO’s involvement in the decision-making process separately.

    The booklet is useful to the NGO’s and the citizens to understand the parliamentary procedure for enactment of laws so they can implement appropriate mode of action.

    The official promotion of the booklet was conducted at the conference “Strengthening the cooperation between the Parliament and NGOs in R.Macedonia”, which was held in the beginning of April 2003, and the booklet was distributed to the citizens countrywide, trough the regional offices of MOST.

    The booklet found its use as logistic substantiation for part of the projects that MOST realized, and every interested citizen can download it from this web in albanian and english:

     

    english albanian

  • Parliamentary Elections 2006

    ▪ ▪ Monitoring of Parliamentary elections 2006

    In the middle of April 2006, MOST has started realizing the project “Domestic monitoring of the Parliamentary elections 2006”, foreseen in the program Accountability and Transparency.
    The presence of the citizens at the polling stations as impartial and nonpartisan observers contributes towards increasing the transparency of the entire election process and increases the citizens’ confidence in the results.
    For this election process MOST plans to recruit, train and deploy 3500 observers.
    The observers will be deployed at around 60% of the polling stations.
    The project activities will be realized through the 19 regional offices.
    By realizing this project, MOST continues to give contribution to the free conduct of the democratic processes in the country.

    Election code

  • Local Self Government Elections 2005

    ▪ ▪ Local Self Government Elections 2005

     

     

    In the frames of the program accountability and transparency, MOST started realizing the project “Domestic monitoring of the local elections 2005” in the middle of January 2005.

    The presence of the citizens at the polling stations as impartial and nonpartisan observers contributes towards increasing the transparency of the entire election process and increases the citizens’ confidence in the results.

    For this election process MOST plans to recruit, train and deploy 3500 observers.

    The observers will be deployed at around 60% of the polling stations.

    The project activities will be realized through the 19 regional offices.

    By realizing this project, MOST continues to give contribution to the free conduct of the democratic processes in the country.

     

    Final report

    Press conferences

    Political situation in R Macedonia

    Time line for conducting local elections

    Donors

  • Referendum 2004
    Monitoring of Referendum 2004
     
     
    FINAL REPORT Referendum 2004
     
    08.11.2004 Press conference 13:00h

    REFERENDUM 2004

    PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

    SKOPJE, 08.11.2004

    According to the reports received from the observers, during the referendum voting of the citizens on returning the Law on territorial organization of R Macedonia from 1996, Citizens’ Association MOST concludes that the main characteristic of this referendum is low turnout of the citizens, as well as the open boycott of the ruling majority and the Albanian community in Macedonia. ...more

     
    07.11.2004 Press conference 22:00h


    Before announcing the results gained from our observers, we would like to underline that for the referendum voting CA MOST has engaged 3701 observers, deployed as static observers at 60% of the polling stations in R Macedonia and as mobile teams which were covering the polling stations without static observers.

    Regarding the previous announcements, experience gained from the previous elections, monitoring of the referendum campaign and public appearances, especially the part which meant possibilities of not opening the polling stations, CA MOST organized rotating observers who were monitoring the voting at the polling stations outside their residence.

    We want to underline that the results announced by MOST refer to the entire territory, i.e. to the regions where citizens were not voting and to the regions where the referendum voting was going on.

    Summarized irregularities that were found out tonight only from the received reports from MOST observers are: not opening of the polling stations, opening the polling stations with delay, prematurely closed polling stations, interruptions of the voting procedure, as well as dislocation of the polling stations.

    CA MOST observers registered raids of unauthorized persons in the polling stations, agitations near the polling stations, blocking of the polling stations as well as police intervention on the call of the Election Boards.

    Ballot stuffing, damaging of the ballot papers, as well as fight after the counting of the ballots were registered.

    After summarizing the reports that were coming in from our observers all day long, we have found out:

    There were 4 cases of not opening the polling stations, 19 cases of opening the polling stations with delay, 2 cases of dislocation of the polling stations, and 7 cases of prematurely closed polling stations. 4 cases of interruptions of the voting procedure not longer then 1 hour were registered by MOST observers.

    4 cases of raids of unauthorized persons are confirmed, and several cases of agitations in front of the polling stations were noticed, but there was only one case of fight between the agitators, noticed in Tetovo. Fight after counting of the ballots was registered in Drachevo.

    In Struga and its region interruptions of the voting procedure were registered, raid of unauthorized personas, ballot stuffing, and temporally interruptions of the electricity power. In the town of Kichevo presence of increased number of policemen was registered.

    At the and, according to the received data the citizens’ turnout at 19:00 hours on the entire territory of Macedonia is 26, 3%. Invalid ballot papers 0,275%. Out of the valid ballots, there are 95, 05% “FOR” and 4, 95% “AGAINST”. Margin of possible error 1%.

     

     
    07.11.2004 Press conference 18:00h

    In the beginning we want to underline that the results announced by MOST refer to the entire territory, i.e. to the regions where citizens are not voting and to the regions where the referendum voting is going on.

    Irregularities that were found out tonight from the received reports from MOST observers are that some of the polling stations are prematurely closed, incidents like violent ballot stuffing and blocking of the polling stations were registered, police intervention at some polling stations was noticed as well.

    1111, 1112- LIpkovo- polling stations are closed at 15.00 hours. The EB has packed the election material and said that the polling station would not be opened again.


    1125
    - Slupchane- Closed at 16:00 hours.

    0405- Gostivar- At 16.00 hours the polling station was closed and not opened again.

    0404- Gostivar- It was closed, because the members of the EB had to go to mosque, but they have notified they would be back and open the polling station again.

    1965- Kikish, Tetovo - Members of the EB did not allow the citizens to vote on the pretext of not being in the voter’s list.

    2969- Brothers Ramiz and Hamid, Shuto Orizari – Unauthorized persons entered the polling stations and started threatening the observers and the citizens.

    1952- Brothers Migeni, Tetovo- There was a fight between the agitators. The EB joined the fight. The voting was not terminated and after the police inspection the voting process continued.

    0638- Suvo Dol, Demir Hisar- An incident was registered; local village person entered the polling station and tore 10 ballot papers. The voting continued and the police was not call to inspect the scene.

    1172- Kokino, Staro Nagorichane- The voting was conducted outdoors, and due to the bad weather conditions the EB closed the voting.

    The citizens’ turnout until 17:00 hours, on the basis gained from the entire territory of Macedonia is: 21 %, at16:00 hours, 17, 8% at 17:00 hours, and 15, 2 at 15:00 hours.

     

     
    07.11.2004 Press conference 14:00h


    According to the information received from our observers, as well as from the citizens phone calls made on the free phone line 080 080 080, a number of irregularities were registered such as: opening of the polling stations with delay, dislocation of the polling stations, interruptions of the voting procedure and public agitations.

    MOST observers have reported to the central office that 4 polling stations were not opened at all and 19 polling stations were opened with delay.

    Accurately for each polling station, MOST observers registered the following irregularities:

    1119 and 1128- Otlja, Kumanovo- The polling station was opened with delay, but after that, on the order of the president of the local community, the polling station was closed.

    0413- Gostivar- Dislocation of the polling station was done, because the owner of the private facility where the polling station used to be, did not allow the Election Board to conduct the voting.

    1491- Malo Mremorani, Krushevo- there was a 45 minutes interruption of the voting, due to the dispute between the president of the Election Board and its members. After the interruption, the voting continued.

    1597- village of Damjan, Radovish- МОСТ observer was asked to leave the facility where the voting was conducted. MOST mobile team immediately visited the polling station and concluded that there were much more ballot papers in the ballot box then previously.

    0745- Kichevo- The voting was interrupted because there was a fight inbetween the members of the Election Board. Inspection was done by the Municipal Election Commission and the police. The voting procedure continued afterwards.

    2266- Shtip- Public agitations in front of the polling station was noticed.

    According to the PVT program conducted by MOST, the citizens’ turnout by 14:00 hours was 12.2 %.

     

    ▪ ▪ Training

    TRAINING FOR REGIONAL COORDINATORS

    CONDUCTED

    Citizen's Association MOST conducted training for the regional coordinators who will recruit volunteers ahead of the forthcoming referendum.

    On the training session the strategy of deployment of domestic observes was discussed and adopted.


    ▪ ▪ Press conference

    MOST WILL HAVE OBSERVERS FOR

    THE REFERENDUM

    Citizen’s Association MOST, in the eve of the forthcoming referendum voting, begins its campaign of recruiting and deploying of the domestic observers.

    ... Press release

     

     

    07.11.2004 Press conference 10:30h

    According to the reports geatherd from its observers from the polling sytations, Citizen;s Associastion MOST has found out:

    Polling stations:

    1087 – Banovo trlo – Kumanovo, 0434 and 0433 – Balin Dol – Gostivar, 0513 – Dolna Gonovica – Gistivar (EB have returned the election material), not opened.

    Polling stations opened with delay:
    1111 и 1112- Lipkovo- Kumanovo, 1105- Opae- Kumanovo, 1101, 1102 и 1103- Cherkezi- Kumanovo, 1108- Vishtica- Lipkovo, 1846- Struga, 0435- Balin Dol- Gostivar, 0386- PS Petre Jovanovski- Gostivar, 0504 and 0505- Chegrene- Gostivar, 0515 and 0516- Gorna Banica- Gostivar, 2451 and 2452- Kondovo, 2453 and 2454- Dolno Svilare, 04444- Senokos- Negotino (Gostivar region).

    This morning, the Polling station 1905 Labunishta – Struga, was dislocated to another location (the explanation is that the building where the polling station was, is to old, so it was dislocated in a new facility)

    On the bases of the conducted PVT program, the turnout of the citizens by 10 o’clock is 3.4%.

     

    Donors of the project Monitoring of Referendum 2004

  • Monitoring of the Presidential Election 2004
  • Domestic monitoring of the elections 2002

    The campaign ”Domestic monitoring of the parliamentary elections 2002”

     

    The conducting of fair and democratic elections, and also the election of the members of parliament by the citizens, was the basic reason because of which MOST developed the campaign “Domestic monitoring of the parliamentary elections 2002”.

     

    The aim of this campaign was to involve the citizens actively in the process of election, not only as passive voters but also as monitors of the same process.

    The campaign ”Domestic monitoring of the parliamentary elections 2002” was conducted in three segments

  • Monitoring the by-elections for mayors 2003

    Domestic monitoring of the by-elections for mayors 2003

     

    Regarding the fact that in five municipalities the mayors place was stated empty out of particular reasons, the by elections were conducted in the following municipalities: Kocani, Orizari, Vasilevo, Demir Hisar

    and Suto Orizari.

     

    These by elections were perceived as important, considering the fact that the decisions of the local self-government have big influence on the everyday life of the citizens, and at the same time they represent a test for the disposal of the state organs for repeated elections and also a test for motivation of the citizens to vote again.

     

    MOST was the only domestic NGO that recruited observers for these by elections for mayors. Regarding the experience it was not difficult at all to recruit well trained 109 monitors, which were determined as static and mobile teams on the election locations.

     

    All regional MOST offices in these municipalities were opened during the Election Day, as well as the central office in Skopje. The monitors were informing about the course of the voting on the day of election, and central office registered a big number of calls from the citizens on the free phone line 080 080 080.

     

    Despite of the small number of irregularities noticed on the particular locations, the elections were judged as fair and regular, and MOST activity was once again qualified as very important and very well done.

  • Early Parliamentary Elections 2008

    Project: Domestic Monitoring of the Early Parliamentary Elections 2008

    Project mission is: Contribution towards transparent electoral process through non partisan observation of all segments of elections.

    Project objectives are:

    • Ensuring citizens participation in the process of domestic non-partisan monitoring of elections;
    • Ensuring the respect of the rule of law in the course of voting procedure at the polling station;
    • Increased awareness among citizens on their rights and obligations related to the audit of the data in the Voters list.

     

    The activities of the project Domestic monitoring of the Early Parliamentary Elections 2008 are divided into several segments:

    • Collecting and processing of the data regarding the citizens audit of the Voter's List in the local units of the Ministry of Justice (during the period when the Voter's List is publicly available);
    • Recruitment and training of the volunteers for domestic monitoring of the elections;
    • Monitoring of the pre-election period and respect for the Code of Conduct for free and fair elections;
    • Monitoring of the voting of the displaced citizens, old and disabled persons, solders and prisoners that takes place one day before the E-day.
    • Monitoring of E-day (static observers, mobile teams, PVT observers, rotating observers and observers deployed at the MECs and SEC);
    • Monitoring of the post election period;
    • Analyzing the reports and informing the public.

     

    The project "Domestic monitoring of the Early parliamentary elections 2008" is supported by the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Swiss International Development Agency, German Embassy, Embassy of the USA, OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje and The Royal Norwegian Embassy.

     

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