Repeat elections held in northern K. Mitrovica

The turnout in the repeated voting at three polling stations in northern Kosovska Mitrovica was at 22.38 percent, or 5,231 voters, it has been announced.

Source: Beta, Tanjug

Among the ballots cast were 997 of the so-called conditional votes.

The central election commission of Kosovo said that the preliminary results would be announced on Monday.

The ballot boxes were last night transferred from Kosovska Mitrovica to Kosovo Polje to be counted.

Beta is reporting that Commission President Valdeta Daka said that, "in line with the powers legally vested in it and OSCE recommendations," the commission had chosen to send the votes to be counted in Kosovo Polje. She described the repeat elections as "very successful."

Before the ballots, members of election committees were bused to Kosovo Polje where they are attending the counting.

Kosovo Electoral Commission member Nenad Rikalo said that the commission, "without several of its members," decided to transfer the ballot boxes under pressure from the OSCE.

"There is no reason to cast doubt on a process that was absolutely clean and correct until this moment. There have been no irregularities by 19:00 (CET). From 19:00 when the OSCE began doing its activities, contentious activities started that will certainly see the process through," he was quoted as saying.

Rikalo previously accused the OSCE of using "dirty activities" to "remove the meaning completely" from the voting held on Sunday.

Local elections in northern Kosovska Mitrovica were repeated under heavy security in three places after unknown perpetrators smashed ballot boxes during the first round on November 3.


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