CEC ready for elections, election silence as of midnight
11. December 2010. | 22:28 22:53
President of the Kosovo Central Election Commission (CEC) Valjdete Daka has stated that everything is ready for the holding of early parliamentary elections in Kosovo on Sunday, December 12, pointing out that preparations for the elections are being continued in northern Kosovo as well.
The election silence has begun at midnight on Friday, after 10 days of election campaign.
All of the preparations have been completed. The ballot papers are in the CEC storage house and they will be distributed early in the morning on Saturday and Sunday, Daka said, the Pristina press reported.
Daka stressed that CEC has not yet decided whether they will publish preliminary results of the elections or not.
The CEC president added that, regardless of the incident in which CEC official Sefko Salkovic was murdered, preparations for the holding of elections in northern Kosovo are being continued.
Several mobile voting locations are also planned to be opened in northern Kosovo, as well as four early locations in Leposavic, Zubin Potok and Zvecane.
Due to the risk that the organizing of elections in Kosovo brings, 1000 members of the Kosovo police will be engaged, including the cadets of the Vucitrn Police Academy.
A total of 29 parties and citizens' initiatives will stand for elections, eight of which are Serbian and one Montenegrin.
There are more than 1260 candidates for 120 positions in the Kosovo parliament.
Elections to be held on December 12 are the first elections in Kosovo since its unilateral declaration of independence in February 2008.