Head of EU Monitoring Mission Alojz Peterle says for the KIM radio that the support of the Serbian List to its opponent in Klokot in local elections was an unusual event that could cause technical problems.
“In my, not that little experience in monitoring elections in different countries, I do not remember that such a change was made in the last hour or very close just before the election day. This could also cause technical problems because the context changes, people are confused in the voting. Suddenly we have two candidates for the same list for the same political entity,” Peterle commented on the decision of the Serbian List to support the candidate Bozidar Dejanovic before the elections.
Peterle told reporters on the occasion of presentation of the report on the second round local elections that the EU will not deal extensively with this case but it will, as he said, receive well deserved attention, KIM radio reports.
Peterle again, in an interview with RTV KIM, repeated that in Klokot there was an unusual case that has led the citizens to not know who to vote for.
“We know how the campaign was before, during the parliamentary elections and in the first round of local elections, but it would be better that to this decision was come before the ballot papers were printed, so there would be no confusion.”
When speaking about charges on the account of the Serbian List by one of the candidates for the mayor of Partes municipality Nenad Cvetkovic on the alleged purchase of votes, Peterle said that the EU observer mission only intervenes when it notices itself.
“What we see is the basis for our recommendations and for our conclusions. Anything that is not regular and that voters or candidates or party observers see as a problem they have a formal way to address this in formal places, and if it happened, then it is known who has to do their job.”
The second round of local elections in Kosovo, based on what was noted by EU observers on the day of the vote, Peterle assessed as positive. In some segments, the head of the observation mission also saw improvement, KIM radio reports.