World Bulletin / News Desk
Local elections began in Kosovo on Sunday at 07:00 a.m.
Electors will go to the ballot until 07:00 p.m. to elect mayors and members of municipal councils to serve for a term of four years.
This is the first time that local elections will be held in northern Kosovo, since its independence from Serbia in February 17, 2008, where many Serbs live, a decision made in accordance with the laws of Kosovo.
A total of 1,779,357 voters are registered to vote in 38 municipalities.
99 observers from 28 countries of the EU will monitor the elections in Kosovo.
Robert Gualtieri, Chief of the Election Observation Commission of the EU, expressed his pleasure to be in Kosovo on Sunday.
"It is my pleasure that I can contribute to a very important day for Kosovo, to consolidation of democracy and to the normalization process of relations with Serbia. We are here today to observe this process. Using our method we will be neutral and unbiased. On Tuesday morning I will give our preliminary statement and later on, the final report will be announced," he said.
The Central Election Commission said over 28,000 native and foreign observers would take part in the monitoring mission.