EU starts its mission for the observation of parliamentary elections in Kosovo

EU starts its mission for the observation of parliamentary elections in Kosovo

Pristina, May 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

European Union (EU) has started its mission for the observation of the early elections which will be held in Kosovo on June 8.

A team of 8 electoral analysts of EU, based in Pristina, will follow all the aspects of the electoral process in Kosovo, in order to assess its compliance with the legislation of Kosovo and European and international standards for democratic elections.

The team will evaluate the legal framework, the work of the electoral administration, the activities of the campaign, the media, the voting, the counting of ballots, complaints and the announcement of the results.

Meanwhile, 20 long term observers will be located throughout Kosovo to monitor the post electoral situation. On election day, they will be joined by 42 short term observers.

Monitoring on election day can also be strengthened by diplomatic representatives of EU member countries.

This is declared by the head of the monitoring mission of the elections in Kosovo and member of European Parliament, Robert Gualtieri.

Gualtieri said that these elections are another important historical moment in the democratic developments in Kosovo.

“Our presence here follows last year’s monitoring of local government elections and reflects the constant engagement of EU to support elections which are transparent and inclusive in Kosovo”, said he.

The monitoring mission will release a preliminary declaration with the initial findings in a news conference in Pristina one day after the elections, followed by a final report several weeks after the publication of final results.

The EU monitoring mission conducts its work in a separate manner from other EU institutions in Kosovo, including EU Office, Special Representative of EU, diplomatic centers and EU member countries. /ibna/