Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Parliamentary and local elections in spring 2007?

Zëri carries an editorial as a lead story on the front page on preparations of the OSCE for the post-status situation in Kosovo. The OSCE is favouring rescheduling of elections in Kosovo. Therefore the third local elections planned for 2006 are likely to be postponed until 2007 when there will be joint parliamentary and local elections, the editorial says.

The first reason is the process of solving the Kosovo’s status, which according to the paper, is expected to last from 6 to 9 months. In any scenario, the UN Security Council is expected to adopt a new resolution on Kosovo no later than December next year to confirm agreement reached on the status. According to the paper, those developments would overshadow the local elections.

Other reasons for the delay are the reorganization of the elections system and that political parties will have a clearer perspective after the solution of the final status.

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