Election campaigns kick off in Kosovo; race between parties

Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj | Youtube snapshot

Election campaign for the 22 October local government elections are underway in Kosovo, with political parties starting their campaigns, said sources.

Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj has started the campaign with a piece of information regarding the issue of the liberalization of the visa regime. The leader of AAK declared in front of his supporters that the visa regime would not depend on the process of border demarcation.

“The government will vote the commission for Demarcation on Monday. As of tomorrow, we will start looking for facts in order to prove that the current option is wrong. Brussels knows that this is an ongoing process and will not link it to the liberalization of the visa regime”, he said.

Haradinaj has pledged that soon, people of Kosovo will soon travel without visas.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa declared that the party that he leads has proven effective in many communes that it governs.

“The communes that will be governed by LDK will offer a very good quality of government for all citizens. We have shown this in the communes that we have governed”, Mustafa said.

For his part, the leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Kadri Veseli said he considered that the party he leads is the party of changes in Kosovo.

“PKD has proven in the last decade that it is the only political force of positive changes, starting with the liberation of the country, independence, consolidation of the state and now, European Atlantic integration”, he said.

Alojz Peterle, Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Kosovo and Member of the European Parliament from Slovenia, officially launched the EU’s mission in September to observe the municipal and mayoral elections of 22 October 2017.

The Mission will comprise around 100 observers from different EU member states as well as Norway and Switzerland.

Twenty long-term observers were deployed across Kosovo on 22 September to cover all 38 municipalities to all aspects of the electoral process and assess the extent to which the election complies with Kosovo legislation.