Kosovo enhances security measures ahead of elections-UPDATED

Special security measures were announced in Kosovo on the day of second round local elections.

Kosovo enhances security measures ahead of elections-UPDATED

World Bulletin / News Desk

Security measures for second round of local elections that will be held on the first day of December are carefully planed, prepared and coordinated by Kosovo Police, EULEX and KFOR, said a statement released by Kosovo Police, EULEX, KFOR and OSCE Mission to Kosovo on Friday.

"Special security measures will be conducted in the north," said statement adding that Kosovo Police will be the first responsible of it with the help of EULEX and KFOR.

"Kosovo Police, EULEX and KFOR are ready to intervene in the case of threat to election process, voters, members of election commission or OSCE members," said the statement.

KFOR will, if necessary, to deploy units in entire Kosovo region to support Kosovo Police during the day.

Security measures aim to guarantee people freedom to vote and to ensure a peaceful election process.

First round of elections, held on November 3, were completed with few incidents in the north of the country where citizens were called on to boycott the elections. Serbs are the majority of population in the northern Kosovo.

2nd round to be held within European standards

Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci expressed his expectation to see the second round of local elections in the country to be held within European standards.

Speaking about the second round of local elections in Kosovo which will be held on December 1, Thaci thanked all politicians for the election campaign which will end on Friday night at 12:00.

By organizing free and fair elections, Kosovo will send the best message to international community, said Thaci, expressing his belief in free and fair election process that will also help people in the north selecting their leaders.

"A new life will start in North Mitrovica, with legitimate leaders and mutual agenda. Kosovo government will cooperate with future leaders in order to implement socio-economic plan and make life better. We will invest in economy and open new working places," promised Thaci.

Meanwhile, Minister of Interior Bajram Rexhepi said that all preparations for elections are completed.

"In cooperation with EULEX and KFOR, all preparations for elections are completed. We held many meetings, prepared the operative plans, and we expect peaceful elections, without violence, so that Serbian and other communities in northern municipalities could express their will and vote," said Rexhepi.

Last Mod: 29 Kasım 2013, 17:55
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