Open Lists

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

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