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EU observers will monitor Kosovo elections

September 4, 2019

The European Union Office, Central Election Commission (CIK) and Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry agreed to form an EU monitoring mission which would observe the early general elections due on October 6, the Beta news agency reported on Tuesday.

The EU Kosovo Office deputy head Riccardo Serri said the bloc would follow the elections in Kosovo for the fifth time and that the CIK issued recommendations, but they were ignored during the previous voting.

The CIK head Valdete Daka said the monitoring of the elections was one of the most important parts of the process and that the signing the agreement showed the CIK readiness to upgrade the election process.

Daka added that besides the EU, the parties’ and civil society observers would monitor the voting.

The early general elections in Kosovo were called following The Hague-based Special Court formed to investigate possible war crimes committed by Albanians during the 1998-1999 armed conflict in Kosovo had called outgoing Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj to give a statement as a suspect, prompting him to resign.

Source: http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a522804/EU-to-monitor-Kosovo-elections.html

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