Successful conclusion of Election Compass Macedonia 2016

Election Compass Macedonia 2016 is a free online tool that allowed voters to compare their positions against the positions of the political parties participating in the Parliamentary elections held on December 11, 2016. Based on the responses to 30 statements regarding various important policy issues, as stated in their platforms, public statements and websites, the Compass calculated the positions of the political parties. By responding to the same 30 statements, the citizens could see not only their individual positions on the political scene, but also their proximity to the different political parties. That way the Compass offered voters succinct and up-to-date information and enabled them to make informed decisions when using their vote. The tool was available in Macedonian and Albanian for 21 days, from the beginning of the election campaign up until Election day.

Through extensive media presence, covering both social and traditional media, the tool was widely promoted. It was used by nearly 10,000 people, which is significant given the high level of polarisation in the society and fear of public expression of political views. This is a comparatively high usage level compared to other countries in the region. In addition, the number of political parties that self-positioned themselves is significantly higher compared to the neighbouring countries and beyond.

Election Compass Macedonia 2016 was developed by a team of researchers from Impact Institute for Research, Kieskompas, Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and Central European University in Budapest. The project was funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Republic of Macedonia.

 

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