Elections in June, a mission impossible for CEC

Elections in June, a mission impossible for CEC

IBNA Special Report

Pristina, May 7, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Political leaders agreed to hold on Wednesday (07.05) a special session for the dissolution of the parliament of Kosovo in order to head to early elections which will be held on June 8.

But, experts of electoral affairs in Kosovo say that the Central Election Commission (CEC) doesn’t have the technical capacities to hold quality and democratic elections in the month of June.

Chairwoman of CEC, Valdete Daka says that it’s impossible to hold good and quality elections in 30 days.

“There’s no sufficient time to hold the elections on June 8, because there are only 30 days remaining. This is a short time. Thus, if the elections are decided to be held on June 8, CEC is in front of a big challenge. This is why I believe that June 8 is an impossible option”, says Daka.

Head of CEC says that it will be a very difficult process to hold parliamentary elections within 30 days, bearing in mind the fact that these elections will be held for the first time in the north of the country. “It’s very difficult to prepare parliamentary elections for 32 or 33 days. We must also bear in mind the fact that this is the first time that the north of the country also holds parliamentary elections”, says Daka.

The former member of the Central Election Commission, Fadil Maloku says that CEC doesn’t have the technical capacities to hold parliamentary elections in the month of June. “CEC has political capacities, but it doesn’t have technical capacities to hold parliamentary elections in June”, says Maloku. He adds: “It’s a different story that it’s convenient for the main political parties in Kosovo to enter the elections without a new law and without the changes which guarantee their privileges. Besides the privileges, they also have the possibility to rig the electoral process”.

According to Maloku, the holding of parliamentary elections next month may leave the possibility for electoral frauds open, like it happened in 2010.

“Parliamentary elections may be held in June, but there will be great dilemmas and suspicions for fraud due to the fact that the electoral system is still not coherent with the developments, mentality, culture and ethno-psychology of the citizens of the Republic of Kosovo”, says Maloku. He points out that the current law is not synchronized with the circumstances, environment, mentality and culture in the country.

Former head of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Mazllum Baraliu says that in case these elections are held in June, it’s necessary to have a full mobilization of all the subjects and factors involved in this process, in order for these elections to be successful.

“I fear that it will be impossible to hold elections in June. The heads of the Central Election Commission have admitted such thing due to the fact that the electoral reform has not been done. Political subjects are responsible about the fact that they have done nothing to have a proper reform of the electoral legislation, electoral process and electoral system, in order to have successful elections. Thus, I fear that these elections will not be successful, therefore there must be a full mobilization of all other subjects and factors for the opposite to happen”, appeals Baraliu. /ibna/