Women’s Network reacts to Valdete Daka’s dismissal

Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN) through this reaction joins other civil society organizations to oppose Monday’s decision of the President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu to dismiss the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Valdete Daka.

“The reasons given for Daka’s dismissal do not stand, and they attribute it to some responsibilities that are not hers, or only hers. The CEC is an independent constitutional body and Chair Daka is only one of eleven voting members.

Among the reasons for dismissal are the violation of personal data, as well as problems with voter lists. Neither of these falls under the responsibility of the Chairperson of the CEC, one is within the scope of the Agency for Information and Privacy, and the other is the responsibility of the Agency for Civil Registration in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

We also note that this decision of President Osmani comes on the eve of announcing the date of local elections to be held in October this year, and in addition to being considered an impact on the independent work of the CEC, may also affect the organization and conduct of these elections.

We also recall that before the early national elections of February 2021, KWN, through a press release, called for this process to take place within constitutional rules, in a democratic spirit, and to address any disagreements through institutional channels. We are repeating this call even today, and not only for political parties, but for every institutional figure who has the responsibility of representing the unity of the people, such as the role of the President of Kosovo.

As we witness the political empowerment of women in Kosovo society, KWN will continue its long-standing efforts to increase women’s participation in politics and decision-making and will demand accountability for decisions that touch on the democratic foundations on which we are building the society of our state,” reads the reaction.