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Serbian presidential elections underway in Kosovo, too (RTK)
Polling stations in northern municipalities open on time (Kosovapress)
Presevo Valley Albanians will not take part in Serbian elections (RTK)
Serbian elections in Kosovo: One polling station relocated (Klan Kosova)

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Headlines – 02.04.2017

  • Serbian presidential elections underway in Kosovo, too (RTK)
  • Polling stations in northern municipalities open on time (Kosovapress)
  • Presevo Valley Albanians will not take part in Serbian elections (RTK)
  • Serbian elections in Kosovo: One polling station relocated (Klan Kosova)

Kosovo Media Highlights

Serbian presidential elections underway in Kosovo, too (RTK)

Serbian presidential elections are expected to take place is several areas in Kosovo and will be monitored by the OSCE, RTK reports. In a statement to the press, the OSCE explained that it willconduct a collection of votes operation, opening four collection centres with associated branches throughout Kosovo, with OSCE staff presence. “The OSCE has made arrangements for an appropriate geographic distribution of these centres and branches, which ensures a sufficient coverage of areas with eligible voters,” the statement reads.

Polling stations in northern municipalities open on time (Kosovapress)

Kosovapress reports that polling stations for Serbian presidential elections have opened on time in Kosovo’s northern municipalities. Mitrovica North Mayor, Goran Rakic, said the large voter turnout in early morning was expected and called on all to exercise their right to vote today.

Presevo Valley Albanians will not take part in Serbian elections (RTK)

Albanians from the Presevo Valley are expected not to take part in today’s presidential elections in Serbia. Representatives of the Albanian community there said none of the presidential candidates showed interest to address concerns of Albanians. RTK notes that Albanian community has traditionally boycotted presidential elections in Serbia.

Serbian elections in Kosovo: One polling station relocated (Klan Kosova)

Klan Kosova reports that one of the polling stations for Serbian presidential elections has been moved from the Kosovo village of Hoca e Madhe/Velika Hoca, Rahovec/Orahovac municipality, to the village of Gorazhdec/Gorazdevac, Peja/Pec municipality. The decision to move the polling station, according to Serbian media, was taken by the Serbian Republic Electoral Commission (RIK) following a recommendation from the Serbian Office for Kosovo. The move was criticised by opposition representatives who voiced concern that Serb voters from Hoca e Madhe/Velika Hoca will now have to travel 70km to be able to cast their votes.

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