Pristina, June 8, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Today (Sunday) Kosovo is holding early parliamentary elections. At 7 am, 798 polling centers have opened in order to enable 1 million and 782 thousand and 454 voters to elect their representatives for the next legislative term.
Authorities say that preparations have been made in order to ensure a correct election process and to defend the vote of the citizens of Kosovo, who have faced a problematic election process in 2010.
Around 100 prosecutors will be on field during the whole day to identify every irregularity, while security will be handled by police of Kosovo, that of the European Union Mission for the Rule of Law and NATO peacekeeping forces.
Calls for a quiet and free process were also launched by domestic and international authorities who say that today’s elections will be a guideline for the European future of Kosovo.
The Central Election Commission has registered over 30 thousand monitors including domestic and international among which are those of the special European Union mission and monitors engaged by embassies of Western European countries.
The voting process marks a normal start
In the north of Mitrovica, apart from the Medical High School, where the polling center opened 15 minutes late, while voting in other centers opened at 7 am.
So far, turnout has been small, while there’s a massive engagement of security forces, namely Police of Kosovo, EULEX and KFOR in polling centers.
Around 100 Albanian monitors have reached polling centers upon their own incentive, some of them on their vehicles, some of them on foot.
In total, the constituency of the north of Mitrovica has 7 polling centers with 33 polling stations, while 29 thousand voters are entitled to cast their ballot in this constituency, reports KosovaPress.
Meanwhile, in the south of Mitrovica, voting started at 7 am and everything is taking place normally. So far, turnout has been small, but the number of voters is expected to increase during the day.
28 polling centers have opened in the south of Mitrovica, where 73 thousand voters will cast their ballots. /ibna/