- Election result might end up at Constitutional Court (KTV)
- Limaj: Nisma has passed threshold long time ago (KTV)
- Maxhuni resigns his post as KIA Director (KTV)
- Markovic responds to Kurti: Border demarcation is over (Klan Kosova)
Election result might end up at Constitutional Court
The announced complaint by Nisma, AKR, and PD coalition, may take the October 6 parliamentary election final results to other instances, including the Constitutional Court.
The Central Election Commission (CEC) confirmed that all ballots have been counted, and has announced presentation of final results on Thursday, 7th November.
However, it has been announced that the election result will be disputed by the Nisma, AKR, and PD coalition. The coalition misses a few votes in order to be included in the next composition of the Kosovo Assembly. The coalition claims that it has got five per cent of votes, which is the minimal threshold to get seats in the Assembly, but it suspects that there were irregularities during the counting process, so its aim is to get all ballots recounted.
General Secretary of AKR Vesel Makolli stated to Radio Free Europe that they will file complaint to higher instances, referring even to the Kosovo Constitutional Court.
“A complaint has been filed, and it will be filed again. The coalition leader Fatmir Limaj has made it clear that we will continue up to the highest instance. We have two complaints: the first one is total ballot recount, and the second one deals with the ballots that arrived from Serbia, that are illegal. We are in a bad situation, we miss just a few votes to make it. If the ballots that arrived from Serbia are included in the system, we remain outside the Assembly, and if those ballotws are cancelled, we will pass the threshold,” Makolli said.
Armend Muja, election expert, stated to Radio Free Europe that the ballots from Serbia, which the Nisma, AKR, and PD coalition refers to, represents a battle for a political narration.
“We have two types of data. The first data were those of preliminary ballots and the ballots that arrived from Serbia, then there were conditional ballots and ballots from diaspora. What we know is that in the preliminary ballots, the Nisma, AKR, and PD coalition was under the threshold. Then, over time it appeared that this coalition might have been decreased as a result of the ballots from Serbia, conditional ballots, and the ballots from diaspora,” Muja said.
Limaj: Nisma has passed threshold long time ago
The leader of Nisma Fatmir Limaj said that currently Nisma has got 5,12 per cent of votes, and without the packages from Serbia, Nisma has passed the election threshold with 200 votes.
“Currently we have 5,12 per cent of votes, and we are about 200 votes above the threshold,” Limaj said on T7 Pressing show.
Limaj added that if CEC announces preliminary results by counting the trafficked packages or envelopes, CEC will do an illegal action and forge the result.
“If CEC announces the results with the trafficked packages, envelopes, it will forge the result and act against the law,” Limaj added.
Disputing the ballots that arrived from Serbia, saying that the way they were delivered violated all election laws in Kosovo, Limaj added that the problems with forms have made the whole election process worthless and for the good image of the October 6 elections to be lost.
“Until 6th October, everything was all right. The problems with the forms spoilt everything. This has distorted the election process,” Limaj said.
He explained that they have requested recount of all polling stations at the national level.
“It would make sense to recount one part of them, as CEC did, if there were two or three forms. In that case we could say that there are mistakes on this form, but not on the other one. But the truth is that there is only one form,” Limaj stated.
“The only way to eliminate the mistakes is recounting,” Limaj highlighted.
Maxhuni resigns his post as KIA Director
Shpend Maxhuni has resigned his position as Director of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency (KIA).
The Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj made this announcement on Facebook, saying that he has received Maxhuni’s resignation.
At the same time, Haradinaj wrote that he awarded the Scanderbeg Medal to Maxhuni.
The reasons of Maxhuni’s resignation have not been made known.
“I have received resignation of the KIA Director, Mr Shpend Maxhuni, from his function as Head of the Kosovo Intelligence. I thanked Mr. Maxhuni for his professional cooperation until now in protection of security of our country and people. For his contribution to the state and institutional obligations, I awarded the Scanderbeg Medal to Mr Maxhuni, with the motivation for professionalism and loyalty in service of the homeland,” Haradinaj wrote on Facebook.
Haradinaj added that in this term, the Kosovo Government was ceaselessly committed to strengthening rule of law and security institutions in the country. In this commitment, the role of Mr Maxhuni was of special importance, and currently KIA is one of the most professional and credible institutions in the country and beyond it.
On the other hand, RTK reported that Vetëvendosje’s candidate for MP Albulena Haxhiu said she could not comprehend why former Head of KIA Shpend Maxhuni was awarded by the ousted Prime Minister.
“Scanderbeg Medal? After resignation, by the Prime Minister who has resigned and who has lost elections??!!” Haxhiu wrote on her Facebook page.
Markovic responds to Kurti: Border demarcation is over
The Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic has heard about a plan that might come from Kosovo. Vetëvendosje’s nominee for Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti has announced that when he comes into power, he will revise the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro. Kurti even said that they would leave no stone untrurned so that 8020 lost hecteers from the 2015 agreement can return to Kosovo.
However, the Montenegrin Prime Minister said that this is hardly feasible, since they consider the border situation as crystal clear.
“The Demarcation Agreement was ratified by the Kosovo and Montenegrin parliaments, and there is no dispute about it. This issue has been completed. What we can discuss is drawing the borderline where the Border Agreement authorises us. In this process, we will listen to their proposals, and we will come up with our proposals, as well,” Markovic said.
A senior official of LDK, the party which Kurti is intending to make coalition with, on Wednesday told Klan Kosova that his party is not even thinking of revising the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro.
Tomor Cela, professor of geography, said that a new agreement, as some in Prishtinë/Pristina claim, will be nearly impossible. He believes that ratification of the agreement on 21st March 2018 under the Haradinaj Government was a great step; however, he thinks that the fact that two more documents, namely a political statement and a report on possible border correction, have been included in the agreement is dangerous.