May 8, 2013 471 Lexime
Representatives of political parties are calling on Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga to announce a date for local elections in order to give time to the Central Election Committee to make necessary preparations Kosovo’s daily ‘KOHA’ reports.
Opposition parties argue that delaying the announcement of elections could have a negative impact on their organization.
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Officials in the Office of President of Kosovo say Jahjaga is holding final consultations with political parties on the matter. A spokesman for the president, Arbër Vllahiu, said political parties have suggested approximate dates. “The legal timeframe for elections is September 15 – December 15. The President announces the date for local elections at least four months in advance,” Vllahiu said.
While Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga is yet to announce the date for local elections, it remains unclear if elections will be organized in Serb majority municipalities in northern Kosovo reports Kosovo’s daily newspaper ‘Zeri.
On the one hand, heads of institutions say local elections will be held throughout the country, including the north, but on the other hand political analysts argue that Serbia decides about the north.
Valdete Daka, chairperson of the Central Election Committee, told the paper, “I am confident that when the date of elections is announced it will apply for the whole territory of Kosovo. The CEC is competent to organize elections. If there will be elections in the north, we will organize them in cooperation with our partners and in accordance with our Constitution and laws.”
Driton Selmanaj, from the Kosovo Democratic Institute, said local elections in the north would depend completely on Belgrade’s readiness. “If Belgrade is interested to stabilize that part and integrate it in Kosovo’s political and constitutional system, I think elections will be organized quickly. If Belgrade however adopts a different approach, I think one cannot even talk about free and right elections in that region,” Selmanaj said.