Kosovo holds second round of local elections

The second round vote for mayors was organised in 21 out of 36 towns and municipalities where candidates failed to win a 50 percent majority at the November 15 polls.

Kosovo holds second round of local elections

Voters in many towns across Kosovo were casting ballots Sunday in runoffs to select mayors as the nation completes its first election since unilaterally declaring independence from Serbia last year.

The second round vote for mayors was organised in 21 out of 36 towns and municipalities where candidates failed to win a 50 percent majority at the November 15 polls.

Polling stations opened at 7:00 am (0600 GMT) and were due to close at 7:00 pm. The first unofficial results are expected during the next week.

Almost one million people are eligible to vote in the runoff as the two main and governing parties, the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) of President Fatmir Sejdiu compete to win a majority.

The PDK, which won in five towns in the first round, has candidates running in 16 towns, while its junior coalition party, the LDK, which won two towns, including the capital Pristina, is running in 12 towns.

The polls were set to be monitored by hundreds of local and international observers.



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