Pristina, July 3, 2013
The announcement of November 3 as the date for the local government elections has been criticized by the opposition.
The Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and Self Determination Movement have objected by saying that the President of the country, Atifete Jahjaga has chosen this date, as this date was chosen by the Prime Minister of Serbia, Ivica Dacic during the talks with Prime Minister Thaci in Brussels.
The secretary of LDK, Ismet Beqiri has said that the president of the country has been influenced by the Democratic Party of Kosovo in deciding for the local government elections to be held on November 3.
“We believe that the president has been influenced by PDK. Without any doubt, she has prolonged the announcement of the election date. We certainly believe that it’s important for the elections to take place in the entire territory of Kosovo”, said he.
Beqiri has added that the election date could have been announced earlier.
“We’re also convinced that this date would have been decided even if it had been announced earlier. We’re aware of the fact that we cannot change the date, but we believe that the president has not been up to her duty”, said Beqiri.
Meanwhile, Self Determination Movement has demanded another date for the elections, given that, according to this movement, this date has been decided by Dacic.
According to SD, political parties had proposed for the elections to be held at the end of September or beginning of October and that the announcement of the elections on November 3 is a violation of the Law on Local Elections.
The vice chairman of Self Determination, Shpend Ahmeti said that the will of all political parties has been for the elections to be held on another date and not on November 3.
“This is not a surprise for Self Determination, because like we have declared before, we have heard this date being mentioned by the Serb Prime Minister Dacic. We have also said that this is very problematic, because the President has conducted consults with all political subjects and they have demanded for the elections to be held at the end of September or beginning of October”, said Ahmeti.
According to Ahmeti, the president has ignored political parties.
“She has ignored all political parties and at the end, she has made the date subject to negotiations with Serbia. This is why we believe that it’s unfair for Serbia to decide about the election date in Kosovo”, said Ahmeti.
The Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) and the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) have commended the decision of the president of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga for deciding November 3 as the date for the local government elections in Kosovo.
“The November 3, 2013 elections are important, because they are held in free and democratic Kosovo for the first time after the monitoring of independence was lifted”, states the press release of PDK.
AAK has declared on its part that this date is appropriate for the holding of the elections.
“AAK considers this decision to be in compliance with the time foreseen in the legislation for the holding of local government elections in Kosovo and invites political parties, institutions and competent mechanisms to be alert and to meet all their responsibilities for a democratic and free electoral process in the entire country”, states the press release of AAK. /ibna/