Kosovo* women police association to elect new board

Date: Friday, April 1, 2016

The 12 board members of the Association of Women in the Kosovo Police at the annual assembly meeting on February 10, 2016. Photo: AWKP/Teuta Bajgora Jasiqi
The 12 board members of the Association of Women in the Kosovo Police at the annual assembly meeting on February 10, 2016. Photo: AWKP/Teuta Bajgora Jasiqi

At its 10 February annual meeting in Pristina, Kosovo the Association of Women in the Kosovo Police (AWKP) voted to change its method of electing future board members. The members, representatives from Kosovo’s regions, will be elected through secret ballots on the regional level. The current AWKP board will stay in place another six months until the association’s new voting rules are formally adopted and new elections will be held.

The change was made to increase transparency and accuracy, and so more members could vote, particularly those from remote regions of Kosovo. It came after a majority of the 460 AWKP members attending objected to obstacles they faced in counting open votes at the meeting.

Supported by UN Women, in coordination with Kosovo Police regional offices, the meeting was preceded by an AWKP visit to Kosovo’s northern region to ensure the participation of policewomen from Kosovo’s Serbian minority.

* References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999)

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