IBNA Special Report
Pristina, May 19, 2013/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
The early parliamentary elections in Kosovo will be of a significant importance for the improvement of the life of the citizens in Kosovo.
Based on an analysis carried out by the Organization for Regional Cooperation and European Integration (ORCEI), which was secured by IBNA news agency, even this time, Kosovar voters are predicted, like it happened in the local government elections, to cast a punishing ballot for the parties that haven’t met their promises for economic development and improvement of the life of the citizens of Kosovo.
ORCEI says that the campaign of prime minister Thaci for the economic development of Kosovo will not result successful. According to this organization, this will be due to the fact that over 45% of the citizens live in extreme poverty.
“Citizens of Kosovo are not satisfied with the work of prime minister Thaci and his government, which has failed in the fight against organized crime, corruption, improvement of the life of the citizens and to reduce unemployment and attract direct foreign investments. Although there are talks for an increase of salaries ahead of the electoral campaign, reports released from relevant international institutions say that 45% of the citizens are unemployed and live on only 2 USD a day, while 18% of them only on a dollar a day”, says ORCEI analysis which was secured by IBNA news agency.
ORCEI says that Thaci government will be punished especially by the Kosovar youth, which has been lied in several occasions by the current government as far as the liberalization of visas is concerned.
“The majority of Kosovar youth doesn’t enjoy free movement, as a basic right. They have remained isolated in Kosovo and for this, the current government may be well punished for not being able to meet the criteria stemming from the liberalization of visas guideline, which relate to the fight against organized crime and corruption, issues of law and order, management of borders and other issues. In this aspect, although several laws and strategies have been drafted, the reality shows that there hasn’t been any improvement in the problems addressed by the European Commission”, further reads ORCEI analysis.
According to this organization, the image of prime minister’s Thaci party has been damaged by the recent report released by KFOR intelligence. This report says that the criminal activities carried out by the Informative Service of Kosovo, which has acted before and after the war, have been carried out with the knowledge and approval of Hashim Thaci and Kadri Veseli.
The report also mentions politically motivated killings. The report links several personalities appearing on the MP list of the Democratic Party of Kosovo for the June 8 elections with some of the acts mentioned above.
The report also underlines that the next blow for the party of prime minister Thaci will come from the Incentive for Kosovo Party, which is led by the former commander with significant influence in the region of Drenica, Fatmir Limaj and speaker of the parliament of Kosovo, Jakup Krasniqi.
“In a short period of time, Incentive for Kosovo has managed to be organized in Kosovo and managed to attract voters of the Democratic Party of Kosovo. The latest polls indicate that this political subject can win as much as 7 seats, while through a strong performance in the electoral campaign, the number may come to 10”, says the reported released by ORCEI.
Former speaker of parliament of Kosovo, who is currently the chairman of the National Committee of the newly formed party, “Incentive for Kosovo”, Jakup Krasniqi, is convinced about this. Speaking for IBNA news agency, Dr. Krasniqi says that after the June elections, the current government will fall, in order to give way to a major change.
“It would be good to have a major change, because rotation is in the interest of democracy and our citizens”, says Krasniqi.
Analysts say that these elections are expected to see a distribution of the votes, due to the fact that opposition parties have been strengthened a lot.
According to them, Self Determination has managed to attract some of the most distinguish representatives of civil society in Kosovo. A great deal of work in this aspect has also been done by the Democratic League of Kosovo.
Professor of the Faculty of Political Sciences and prominent Kosovar analyst, Bekim Baliqi told IBNA that the next parliamentary elections in Kosovo are expected to bring changes, while rotation, according to him, will depend on the offers made by opposition parties.
“Judging by the intensity of political parties to hold an electoral campaign and the developments in the political arena, the elections are expected to bring a political change. But rotation or not, this will depend on the offers, the candidates, the mobilizing strength of opposition parties and their coordination”, says Dr. Baliqi.
On the other hand, prime minister Hashim Thaci is optimistic for a win in these elections.
He says that Democratic Party of Kosovo will score a big win, because its policies benefited the citizens of Kosovo.
Early parliamentary elections will be held on June 8, 2014. Citizens will elect their 120 representatives in the parliament of Kosovo. Central Election Commission has confirmed that until May 16, the Office for the Registration of Political Parties and Certification has accepted the application of 31 political subjects (19 political parties; 7 civil incentives; 1 independent candidate and 4 coalitions).
The preliminary list of the Central Election Commission indicates that a total of 1 million 786 thousand and 929 voters will participate in the June 8 elections. /ibna/