Leaders of various institutions coordinate actions for upcoming elections
(Most monitored broadcasters, Klan Kosova)
Early elections brought together leaders of five institutions. The State Prosecution, Police, Central Elections Commission, Judicial Council and the Elections Complaints and Appeals Panel pledged that they will work closely for welfare of this process.
Furthermore, Police has already started preparations to carry out the operation which guarantees peaceful elections, Klan Kosova reported.
Naim Rexha, Kosovo Police Deputy Director, said that Police has already started necessary assessments of the overall security situation in the country.
On the other hand, the State Prosecutor Aleksandër Lumezi had a message for all those that will be engaged in administration of elections.
“They should understand that these criminal offences envisaged with the Criminal Code are penitentiary criminal offences with up to five-year imprisonment, and it is at the competency of Serious Crimes Department to review these cases,” Lumezi said.
Lumezi also said that on E-Day there will be enough prosecutors to respond to each case.
On the other hand, the judiciary promised swift treatment of cases.
CEC chairperson Valdete Daka pledged that the institution she leads will be careful in engagement of its administrative staff.
Otherwise, during Monday the leaving Government decided to allocate over 4.9 million euros to CEC for organisation of early elections. The Elections Complaints and Appeals Panel also requested funds. Government also allocated 90.000 euros to this mechanism. These funds are dedicated for completing the appeals process regarding early elections in Kosovo.
‘Alternativa’ will not be able become part of pre-electoral coalitions
It is likely that ‘Alternativa’ of Mimoza Kusari-Lila and Ilir Deda will not be able to make pre-electoral coalition with any other party. Furthermore, it also risks participation in elections, because it still has not been registered as a political party in the Central Elections Commission.
The news was confirmed to KTV by one of the ‘Alternativa’ founders, who stressed that CEC has caused them problems in registration, but they hope that this problem will be solved soon.
Assembly Presidency quits benefits for MPs
Together with their mandate, benefits for the leaving Members of the Assembly of Kosovo are also quitting.
In the concluding meeting of Assembly Presidency held on Monday it was decided to quit expenses that MPs had, such as telephone refills and official travels, KTV reported.
In the meantime, the resigning Assembly Speaker, Kadri Veseli, qualified this period as difficult, but, according to him, they have managed to maintain democracy.
Different from Veseli, Aida Dërguti of Vetëvendosje, considered this legislation as strong with an opposition with few numbers, but which managed to stop agreements harmful for Kosovo.
Dërguti reiterated Vetëvendosje’s stance that they will not make a pre-electoral coalition with LDK and PDK, while they are open to all other parliamentary and non-parliamentary parties.
In the meantime, the legal deadline for political parties to reach their pre-electoral coalitions expires on Tuesday at 24:00hrs.
LDK to nominate Hoti as its candidate for Prime Minister
Leaving Minister of Finance, Avdullah Hoti, will be LDK’s candidate for the post Prime Minister on the early election scheduled for 11 June, well-informed sources told Koha portal.
Sources confirmed that there are real chances for Hoti’s nomination by LDK and the official announcement is expected to be done on Tuesday.
Recently, the name of Lumir Abdixhiku, Director of Riinvest Institute circulated in the media as LDK’s potential nominee for PM’s post, but it seems that they failed to reach an agreement, KTV portal reported.
NGO’s pledge to properly monitor early elections
Nongovernmental organizations pledge to do everything possible to properly monitor the election process. They have already started to finalize the last preparations for monitoring of elections.
Klan Kosova aired footage of previous elections showing a voter casting more than one ballot. It added that such irregularities might happen even during this year’s early elections scheduled to be held on 11 June.
The nongovernmental organizations that will monitor these elections said that they were surprised by the early elections.
However, at the Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI) are confident that they will do their best to properly monitor the election process.
“It is a difficult process due to the tight deadline available. Still, we are preparing to cover all polling stations in Kosovo in order to have a fair process,” said Albert Krasniqi of KDI.
This organization will engage over 2.000 observers, including people with limited abilities and members of non-majority communities, to monitor the voting process.
But, representatives of ‘Çohu’ organization are not that optimistic.
“The issue is that we are having early elections constantly in Kosovo and not regular elections which provide the necessary room for preparations,” said Arton Demhasaj of ‘Çohu’.
According to him, lack of necessary preparations might end up with serious consequences.
“A poor monitoring provides room for manipulation in elections,” Demhasaj underlined.
Besides the nongovernmental organizations, these elections will be observed by Kosovo Central Election Commission (CEC) and representative of Kosovo political entities.
Lunacek demands thorough investigations on violence against Xharra
Austrian politician and Vice President of the European Parliament, Ulrike Lunacek, strongly condemned the violent attack against the newest member of Kosovo Democratic Party (PDK), Arbana Xharra, Klan Kosova portal reported.
Lunacek, who is also Rapporteur for Kosovo in the European Parliament, requested detailed investigations into this incident.
“I strongly condemn and demand thorough investigation on violence against ex-journalist Arbana Xharra. No violence in election campaign!” wrote Lunacek in her Twitter account.
Former Prosecutor Vahide Badivuku released
After the reporting made by RTV21 that former Prosecutor Vahide Badivuku is being illegally kept in Lipjan/Ljipljane prison, the Basic Court decided to release her until the next decision.
Few days ago, the Supreme Court annulled the decision of Court of Appeal which confirmed the sentence against former Prosecutor Badivuku.
Her lawyer, Ramë Dreshaj, alleges that the decision of Court of Appeal had basic violations.
Badovci Case convicts to undergo retrial
Retrial of five persons convicted of terrorism with about fifty years of imprisonment will resume on 13 June.
This was decided by the Basic Court of Prishtinë/Pristina ten days after the Supreme Court returned Badovci Case to point zero.