IRC Youth Center in Kosovo Sponsors Concert to Promote Voter Registration
Some 5,000 people attended the concert, which organizers described as a Kosovar version of America’s “Rock the Vote.” The event, also sponsored by the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Catholic Relief Services and Pristina’s Radio Urban FM, featured a number of local rock bands and DJs. Similar concerts are planned in Kosovska, Mitrovica and Prizren ahead of the July 15 registration deadline.
"Youth are a priority for registration," says Bernardo Cocco, Minister of Youth at UNMIK Conservative estimates put 50 percent of the population under the age of 21. “The future of Kosovo depends on youth participating in civic life,” Cocco told IRC’s office in Pristina. He also added that he hopes young people will influence friends and older family members who so far have been reluctant to register. To date, turn out has been low, with officials saying little more than fifty percent of eligible voters have registered.
As a registration incentive, the IRC has distributed more than 10,000 voter education brochures. Each brochure doubles as an entry for the local lottery draw and, when produced in conjunction with a stub from a completed registration form, entitles the holder to claim a T-shirt from the IRC Youth Center in Pristina.