President Jahjaga announces June 8 as the date for the early elections

President Jahjaga announces June 8 as the date for the early elections

Pristina, May 8, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

President of the Republic of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga has decreed the date for the early elections. They will be held on June 8 of this year.

Based on her constitutional and legal powers, after consulting with leaders of political parties and with the Central Election Commission, President Jahjaga has decided for the early elections to be held on June 8.

“Based on the consultations held with political parties in the country and the chairwoman of the CEC and based on my constitutional powers and in compliance with legal deadlines, I have decided to decree June 8 as the date for the early parliamentary elections in the country”, declared Jahjaga.

“After the decision of the Parliament of Kosovo to be dispersed, yesterday and today I have had meetings to decide the most convenient date for the holding of parliamentary elections in the country”, said she.

The president declared that she has also met with the chairwoman of CEC in order to talk with her about the technical aspects of the elections and the ability of the Commission to hold early elections in Kosovo”.

“After the official announcement of the dissolution of the parliament of Kosovo, I have decreed this decision yesterday. Upon the decision of parliament for its dissolution, the country has entered an important electoral process, which will decide its democratic future. Parliamentary elections must show our readiness to guarantee the free vote of the citizens of Kosovo”, added she.

According to her, these elections must be closely monitored in order to guarantee a correct process.

“In the days to come, I will also demand from the EU to send a monitoring mission in order to observe the holding of the early elections in the country. From this moment, I call on all political spectrum in Kosovo to  hold a dignified electoral campaign and to all the people to massively participate in the elections of June 8, to secure a fair process, because these elections mark an important test of our democracy”, said President Jahjaga.

Parliament of Kosovo was dispersed yesterday with 90 votes in favor, 4 against and three abstains due to the inability to decide on important issues for the country. /ibna/