- Elezi: 1,428 polling stations to be recounted, some others were recounted earlier (Most monitored broadcasters, KTV)
- Limaj: Vetëvendosje and Rasic requesting law violation (RTK)
- Haxhiu to Limaj and Sherifi: Tell us about your haggling with Srpska Lista (RTK)
- Osmani: People of Kosovo decided about VV-LDK coalition (Klan Kosova)
Elezi: 1,428 polling stations to be recounted, some others were recounted earlier
The recount process of over 1400 polling stations has begun, following decision of the Elections Complaints and Appeals Panel (ECAP).
The Central Election Commission (CEC) spokesperson Valmir Elezi said that 1,428 polling stations will be recounted in the coming days.
“So, from the ECAP list, 30 polling stations were marked twice, and 12 other polling stations had been recounted earlier at the Count and Results Centre, upon CEC’s decision,” Elezi said.
He added that the Count and Results Centre will work on two shifts, and that the number of desks, namely counting units, has been increased from 23 to 32, in order to conclude the process as soon as possible.
Elezi stated that political entities have been informed to observe the recount process, and they can send one observer per each counting unit.
Limaj: Vetëvendosje and Rasic requesting law violation
The leader of NISMA Fatmir Limaj said it is clear to the Supreme Court that Vetëvendosje Movement and Nenad Rasic have complained in order to fulfil their haggling appetites.
“In other words, LVV and Rasic have requested from the Supreme Court to rule in their favour, not because they are regular – they know that they are fake, but they need them because thus they grab three mandates and fulfil the haggling they have done with Rasic,” Limaj wrote.
I strongly believe that it is already clear to the Supreme Court that those who have complained are not at all concerned about the law or the right of citizens. In addition, they have expressed their public stance that they also consider those votes irregular, so their complaint is rather a request for law violation and for fulfilment of the haggling appetites to the detriment of others and in contradiction with law,” Limaj added.
In a reaction to this matter, Nisma wonders what is the haggling which is going on between Vetëvendosje and Nenad Rasic.
This political entity has said that one cannot understand the change of stance by Nenad Rasic and his complaint filed at the Supreme Court with the request to recognise fake ballots as legal, where the Sloboda coalition did not get a single vote.
“This paradox brings to the surface the haggling of LVV with Nenad Rasic. Time will reveal what their haggling have been from the meetings they have had. However, neither Serbia, nor Srpska Lista, nor Nenad Rasic, nor LVV or their haggling will be able to step over the Kosovo laws and infringe political will of more than 42,000 Kosovo citizens!” the reaction of Nisma says.
Full reaction follows:
What is the haggling of LVV with Nenad Rasic?
The logic of pointing his political rivals for the actions that he takes himself, synthesised in the well-known phrase ‘let me point at him, before he has pointed at me’, was brought to surface also in the game which Serbia staged with the packages filled with fake ballots.
Except Srpska Lista, all the competing forces that issued statements about those “gift packages” that arrived from the Serbian Government, were strictly against accepting them, and to be considered as they really are – illegal. Arguing it convincingly, ECAP made the decision and declared them illegal.
Seeing the profit that they could gain from the “gift” of Aleksandër Vucic, LVV gave up its earlier stances that were expressed in the press release dated 13 October 2019 and its representatives at the CEC meeting of 13 October 2019, and requests for fake and illegal ballots to be declared legal!
What is even worse, LVV calls the ECAP’s decision a result of haggling, and calls on the Supreme Court to legitimise trafficking of the election process that the Government of Serbia tried to do!
This cannot be anything else but shameful! In this specific case, shame has taken the shape of the effort for denying the right of representation to 42,000 citizens of Kosovo, for interests of Serbia and of those who think that this Serbian state’s strategy brings benefit to them!
What was unclear in stances of LVV was usage of the expression ‘haggling’ in this context. Rejection of the boxes with fake ballots was a clear proof that no-one had accepted to haggle with Serbia and its extended hand, Srpska Lista.
But all dilemmas about the haggling were solved by the leader of the Sloboda coalition, Nenad Rasic. The same Nenad Rasic had been strictly against the packages with fake ballots. He defended this stance on T7 PRESSING show on 8th November 2019, when he said: “Votes of Serbs are collected in Nis, and fake ballots are made!”
The request of a Kosovo Serb political coalition not to accept fake ballots was absolutely a right one. What cannot be understood at first glance presently is the change in Nenad Rasic’s stance, and his complaint submitted to the Supreme Court, with the request to consider the fake ballots legal, where the Sloboda coalition has not even a single vote, as those false ballots were 100 per cent filled in favour of Srpska Lista!!!
This paradox brings to surface the haggling of LVV with Nenad Rasic. Time will reveal what their haggling from their meetings is. However, neither Serbia, neither Srpska Lista, nor Nenad Rasic, nor LVV or their haggling will not be able to step over the Kosovo laws and infringe political will of more than 42,000 Kosovo citizens!
Haxhiu to Limaj and Sherifi: Tell us about your haggling with Srpska Lista
Albulena Haxhiu of Vetëvendose Movement said that Fatmir Limaj and Bilall Sherifi should speak up about the haggling with Srpska Lista.
On a Facebook post, she emphasised that their haggling will not pass.
“Today I understood that Srpska Lista has not complained to Supreme Court about the ECAP’s decision. I wonder why?
Prior to slandering against the (Vetëvendosje) Movement, Limaj and Sherifi should tell us about the haggling they made with Srpska Lista.
This is useless. Your haggling will not pass,” Haxhiu wrote.
Osmani: People of Kosovo decided about VV-LDK coalition
Vjosa Osmani, in an interview with Opinion show, said that working groups of Vetëvendosje and LDK seem to have normalised platforms of the two political parties that are ideologically opposite.
According to her, it was the voice of citizens that decided to bring opposition into power.
“… It is true that we have differences, but we have decided to overcome them. When there is determination, this can of course be achieved. First of all, there is the will of citizens for this change, which comes through unification of yesterday’s opposition,” she said.
“Despite the fact that we belong to different ideologies, the problems of Kosovo are the same. This is what has brought us a mind-set to reach an agreement,” Osmani added.
Osmani said that the will of citizens that Albin Kurti be the Prime Minister will be respected, but she added that the details about other posts have not been discussed yet.
Although she said she has not decided yet, Osmani mentioned the possibility of her appointment either as the Assembly Speaker, or Minister of Foreign Affairs.
According to her, Isa Mustafa has not expressed his interest to be part of the new government.
She admitted that the post of the next Kosovo President will belong to LDK, but she said that they still have not discussed in the context of names.
One of the contradictory issues between LDK and Vetëvendosje is unification of Kosovo with Albania. Vjosa Osmani stated that this thesis of Vetëvendosje cannot come true for several reasons.
“Presently, the clear will of Kosovo citizens is for Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state. There was a referendum in 1992. There was a clear will expressed on 17th February, which was subsequently stamped by the ruling of the International Court of Justice. Even if we ask Kosovo citizens today, I am convinced that they believe in it,” she explained.
“Currently, I do not consider it as an alternative that can come true, for many reasons. First, because both countries will be part of the EU. Second, we as LDK consider the Republic of Kosovo as a permanent project, and third, I view both countries as successful in the international community, in the community of free countries. They are not exclusive to each other,” Osmani added.
Regarding the 100 per cent tariff imposed on Serbian goods, Vjosa Osmani shares her opinion with Albin Kurti, namely that it will be replaced with reciprocity.
“What is principled currently is to protect the Republic of Kosovo within its current borders, and to do our best so that it can be a successful country in terms of the rule of law. The tariff should be replaced with reciprocity. It is a measure known to countries in the area of international trade law. For example, Serbia does not recognise the customs stamps, it does not recognised certificates issued by our institutions. Reciprocity measures cannot be taken by a decision just for the sake of appearance. It will not be necessary to keep the tariff, if reciprocity is imposed. Trade relations with Serbia can be fixed only through reciprocity,” Osmani highlighted.
According to her, the tariff was imposed by Ramush Haradinaj, in order to protect borders, and to conceal failures of his Government.
Osmani said that land swap with Serbia will not be discussed, even if it will be requested by the United States. However, she said she was convinced that it will not be requested.
She stressed that land swap between Kosovo and Serbia would create a precedent for the entire region.
“Serbia should not be rewarded with Kosovo’s land for the crimes it committed, from genocide and crimes against humanity. There is nothing pragmatic in a land swap, which would create displacement of population, consequently, a type of displacement which might look peaceful, but which, in fact, is crime,” she said.
“There are many issues, as it creates a precedent, since the states that have committed genocide should be rewarded with territory. One cannot set Serbia and Kosovo in comparable situations, and telling them to get some reward. When Kosovo and Serbia entered the dialogue, the agreement was that for steps that they would take, they would benefit from the EU, not taking something from Kosovo because Kosovo is a basket with apples and pears. It would create a precedent in the region. It would not end with Kosovo, it would continue with Macedonia, Montenegro, and up to the countries such as Hungary,” Osmani concluded.