Kosovo holds municipal elections, with the Left Party aiming to capture the town hall in the capital Pristina
17 October 2021, 07:30
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PRISTINA, Kosovo – Kosovo holds municipal choices Sunday where the left-wing party that has been in government for eight months aims to capture the town hall in the capital Pristina.
About 1.9 million voters vote to elect mayors for 38 municipalities and about 1,000 town hall legislators. Preliminary results are expected at midnight. In previous polls, many of the municipalities have gone to runoff, which takes place in a month.
The main competition will be about Pristina City Hall, for which the ruling left’s self – governing party, or Vetevendosje !, has nominated its former health Minister, Arben Vitia.
Voting in the north, populated mainly by the ethnic Serb minority, will attract a great deal of attention after two incidents in the last two months that have led to rising tensions between Kosovo and Serbia.
Earlier this week, Kosovo police clashed with ethnic Serbs during an anti-smuggling operation, and last month the issue of vehicle registration plates was resolved only after mediation by the European Union and the United States. The NATO-led Kosovo force, or KFOR, sent troops to the border area and ended the shit.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but Serbia does not recognize the move.
Elections are ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a tough test for people and authorities. Officials running the election process must have had at least one shot of the vaccine, while voters must wear masks. Electoral groups are taking the ballot box home to people who are currently positive about the virus.