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Local elections taking place in Kosovo

October 17, 2021

Local elections are taking place in Kosovo on Sunday, with citizens electing mayors and councillors in 38 municipalities, including those with a Serb majority.

Polling stations open at 7 am and will close at 7 pm. By 11 a.m., the turnout in Kosovo was about eight percent.

Kosovo’s Central Election Commission registered a total of 32 political parties, 34 civic initiatives, one coalition and 23 independent candidates. The elections are monitored by 25,000 observers, and 1,885,448 voters have the right to vote. They will be voting for their mayors and 1,002 councillors for 38 municipalities.

According to the Central Election Commission of Kosovo (CEC), voting will take place in 883 polling stations.

There are 166 candidates running for mayors of 38 municipalities, and 5,198 people are running for municipal councillors in Kosovo.

The elections are being monitored by more than 25,000 observers from political parties, initiatives, coalitions and representatives of independent candidates, civil society, the media, as well as representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Kosovo. The elections are also monitored by a special observation team of the European Union.

KoSSev reported that members of the Serb List in Kosovska Mitrovica went to the polls following a decision made the day before after consultations with Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic. The Serb List previously considered boycotting the election.

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/local-elections-taking-place-in-kosovo/

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