Analysis 31 May 17

Kosovo Election Exposes Deep Rift Among Serbs

Ahead of Kosovo’s general elections, the Kosovo Serb bloc is more divided than ever with Belgrade backing only one list – a decision observers say might backfire.

Sanja Sovrlic
Valdete Daka, Kosovo Electoral Commission's chairwoman. Photo: BIRN

The Kosovo Electoral Commission, CEC, called the OSCE Mission in Kosovo to provide technical assistance in organising elections in the Serb-run north Kosovo  on June 11.

“We have requested from the OSCE that it provides only advice for municipal commissions and technical support for the polling stations committees. In the north, we have new officials who have never organised elections,” Valdete Daka, CEC chairwoman told BIRN, on May 30.

There will be six lists competing for 10 seats reserved for the Serb minority in the Kosovo parliament, with the Serbian government backing only one in a move that left Kosovo Serbs divided. Some voiced accusations that Belgrade had imposed pressure.

Although the number of parties has never been bigger, analysts say the choice is still poor, with many candidates with problematic or non-existing political background.

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