LDK claims election fraud
13. December 2010. | 15:24 22:50
The overall turnout in Kosovo's Sunday election reached 47 percent out of more than 1.6 million registered voters, announced the Central Election Commission in Pristina, which has not still released the preliminary results, nor the overall turnout in the Serb-majority areas. Remarks about voting in Srbica and Glogovac.
The Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) refused to accept the election victory claimed by the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) in the early parliamentary elections in Kosovo-Metohija on Sunday.
The LDK is waiting for the preliminary results of the Kosovo Central Election Commission (CEC), and does not want to give rush assessments of election results, LDK Secretary General Ismet Beciri stated.
The DSK's stand regarding voting in Srbica and Glogovac, central Kosovo, has not changed. An election fraud took place at these polling stations, Beciri said and Pristina-based electronic media reported.
Beciri said that the LDK refuses to be part of the winning coalition together with the PDK. The LDK cannot build a coalition with those who manipulated with ballots. There will be no coalition with the PDK, he underlined.
The first general elections in Kosovo after the unilateral declaration of independence ended leaving suspicion in the regularity of the election process, while the Kosovo Central Election Commission (CEC) stated that the overall turnout was close to 48 percent.
The CEC did not release any other data leaving space for parties and other organizations to claim election victories or dismiss election results.
Hasim Taci celebrated a victory of his Democratic Party of Kosovo (DPK) on Sunday evening, whereas other political parties and the Coalition of NGOs Democracy in Action stated that serious irregularities took place in the polls in Srbica and Glogovac, central Kosovo, that may cast suspicion on the entire election process.
Manipulations and irregularities were detrimental for the election process, Democracy in Action official Ismet Krueziu stated on Monday morning discussing the election irregularities.
Manipulations in Srbica and Glogovac involved unused ballots, Krueziu said.
The CEC decided not to inform the public about the preliminary results or possible irregularities. The CEC stated that political parties should pass all their remarks to the authorized commission.
An armed conflict between the followers of the DPK and the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) in Pristina downtown on Sunday was prevented by police.
The Center for Humanistic Studies Gani Bobi in Pristina announced, taking into account the representative sample, that Hasim Taci's Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) got 32 percent of the vote.
The Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) was second with 25 percent, the Self-Determination Party was in third place with 16 percent, while the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo got 12.5 percent of the vote.
According to the results, only one more party, the New Kosovo Alliance, with 6.5 percent passed the election threshold.
The Central Election Commission (CIK) has not yet published the overall turnout in the Serb-majority areas.
The Independent Liberal Party (SLS) announced Sunday evening that the overall turnout of Serbs is between 15,000 and 20,000.
According to the SLS preliminary results, the party got 87 percent of the Serb vote, that is more than 13,000 votes.
In Drenica municipality 149 per cent voted
In three polling stations in Drenica municipality, Prime Minister Hasim Taci’s stronghold, there were more ballots then registered voters, London-based daily ‘Guardian’ writes, referring to an anonymous source from Kosovo election Committee.
That could bring the election result under suspicion, British daily points out, adding that one had an official turnout of 149%.
Early parliamentary election, first since Kosovo’s unanimously declared independence, were held in Kosovo on Sunday, and Democratic Party of Kosovo (DPK) President Taci declared his victory.
Taci’s followers started celebrating as soon as the polling stations surveys’ results were published, based on which DPK was 6 per cent ahead compared to other parties.
Official voting results, however, are still not published.
The focus of concern was polling stations in Drenica, a region that serves as a solid base for Thaçi's PDK. Two municipalities – Srbica and Glogovac – reported turnouts of 93.68% and 86.94% respectively, officials confirmed, Guardian reported.
The PDK's main rival, the Democratic League of Kosovo (DSK), has also claimed victory.
Taci celebrates and announces coalition with Serbs
Although the official results of the first elections since Kosovo’s unanimously declared independence are still unknown, Hasim Taci and his Democratic Party of Kosovo are celebrating their victory and announcing forming of the new government with another Albanian, but also with some non-Albanian communities’ parties.
Some of the representatives of Serbs on Kosovo expect Belgrade-Pristina negotiations to start promptly, analytics estimate that the election of a new Kosovo prime minister will depend on Serbs, and those that were against the elections consider their boycott successful.
According to estimations of organisations monitoring the turnouts, Taci’s DPK won 34.4 votes, followed by DSK 25.36, and in third position the biggest surprise of these elections, with 11.97 per cent Albin Kurti’s Self-Determination party, which advocates Kosovo's unification with Albania and opposes any talks with Serbia. Census was reached by Ramus Haradinaj’s Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and Bedzet Pacoli’s Alliance for New Kosovo.
World media estimate that parliamentary elections in Kosovo could delay the start of talks between Belgrade and Pristina, as none of the parties managed to win sufficient number of votes.
Ministry for Kosovo State Secretary Oliver Ivanovic believes there is no reason to expect a drastic change in Pristina’s new governments’ politics and behaviour.
Ivanovic told Tanjug that he hopes Kosovo talks will start as soon as possible, maybe even before the new Kosovo government is formed, but that serious topics will reach agenda after the ruling coalition is formed in Pristina and a new prime minister is elected.
Kosovo analyst Nedzmedin Spahiu estimated in a statement for Tanjug that Serbs will surely have a key role in forming new Pristina government and that the new Kosovo prime minister’s election will depend on them.