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EU: Sunday's elections in Kosovo, well administered and competitive

  • 11/16/2021 10:05 PM
EU: Sunday's elections in Kosovo, well administered and competitive

The European Union Election Observation Mission in Kosovo said on Tuesday that the second round of voting for mayors, held on Sunday, "was well administered and competitive". These comments were made two days after the second round of elections that were attended, among others, by several dozen observers of this mission.

"European Union observers have assessed the voting and counting positively. The voting process was assessed as 'very good' or 'good' in all polling stations visited in the 21 municipalities that were in the elections and also the counting was assessed as 'good' and 'very good' in all polling stations ", said the head of this mission, Lukas Mand during the presentation of the preliminary assessment .

He said the campaign that preceded the election was calm, although its tone was harsher than in the first round. He enumerated some of the concerns raised during the campaign.

The European Union Election Observation Mission said that even in these elections there was a lack of transparency regarding the financing of candidates' campaigns and this issue should be addressed in the future.

The Central Election Commission on Tuesday certified the final results of the Municipal Assembly elections held on October 17, while saying that it is making preparations for the start of the counting of conditionally cast and mailed votes. These votes are not expected to change the final results except for the two municipalities; that of Dragash and Junik.

According to the results of both rounds of elections, the Serbian List won ten municipalities, followed by the Democratic Party with 9, the Democratic League with seven, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo with five and the Vetëvendosje movement with 4 municipalities.

Unlike the general elections, the opposition parties marked an increase in the face of the ruling Vetëvendosje movement, which suffered a blow, losing both Prishtina and Prizren, Kosovo's two largest municipalities.

Vetëvendosje movement leader Albin Kurti said on Tuesday that his party was discussing the issues that led to these results.

/Klara Ruci/