The debates, which are broadcasted every evening on RTV 21, aim to bring the audience face-to-face with mayoral candidates, giving people a chance to hear their political platforms, promises, and how they plan to implement their agendas.
BIRN’s debate model #DebatPernime (#RealDebate) aims to raise citizen awareness about the candidates, and also to serve as a platform for revisiting promises after mayors are elected. BIRN will conduct a mid-mandate fact-check of the assurances made during the debates so that the public can know the extent to which their representatives are keeping their promises.
The pre-elections debates host mayoral candidates from all parties, whom are encouraged to invite their supporters to participate and cheer for their desired politicians as live audience members during the debate. Citizens all over Kosovo are also encouraged to submit debate questions and concerns through BIRN’s anti-corruption platform KALLXO.com, and on KALLXO.com’s Facebook channel.