Serbian List held on Wednesday its final convention ahead of Sunday’s elections, under the “When Serbia is calling – give your vote,” slogan, adding that party was “the only guarantor of the survival of the Serbs in Kosovo,” the Beta news agency reported.
The party’s candidates called on people gathered to encircle number 135 on the ballot paper.
Saying the links with Serbia “cannot be broken,” and that without help from Belgrade “there would not be wages in education, health service and other institutions” in Kosovo, the Serbian List added that Serbia financed 350 projects in the north.
The convention ended with the message from Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic who called on local Serbs to turn out en masse on Sunday and vote for Serbian List.
Vucic earlier said he would go to the northern part of the divided town of Mitrovica, but Pristina authorities banned any Belgrade official from campaigning there. They turn back three of them who tried to cross to Kosovo despite the ban.
”Turn out in the highest possible number, because we vote for our survival in Kosovo and Metohija, our hearthstone, for salaries in schools and hospitals from Serbia. They (the Albanians) will deprive us of all of that if the Serb List’s voice isn’t heard. Serbia is calling, and I beg of you to show the responsibility and seriousness,” Vucic told Kosovo Serbs.
Serbian List will be meeting President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic today in Belgrade. The meeting is scheduled at 1pm in the Presidency building, announced President’s cabinet.
Besides Serbian List, the Serb opposition coalition Freedom (Sloboda) also takes part in the early general elections in Kosovo, as the primary opponent to the Belgrade-supported party.
Both organisations have complained of being “persecuted” and exchanged bitter comments.
Kosovo Central Election Commission (CEC) confirmed on Thursday that only people with Kosovo’s IDs would be allowed to vote on Sunday. Earlier Belgrade told those without such documents to try to cast ballots anyway.