The European Union has decided to send an observer mission to Kosovo for the October 6 parliamentary elections, the EU External Action service said on Friday.
“In response to an invitation by President Hashim Thaçi, the European Union has deployed an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Kosovo to observe the early parliamentary elections, scheduled for 6 October 2019. The European Union has a long history of accompanying electoral processes in Kosovo and has deployed EOMs on four previous occasions, the last two in 2017, which reflects the EU's long-term commitment and partnership with Kosovo,” the press release said.
It added that High Representative Federica Mogherini appointed Viola von Cramon-Taubadel MEP to head the mission.
"Kosovo remains a political priority for the EU and deploying an observer mission for the upcoming early parliamentary elections confirms our continuing engagement and commitment to supporting Kosovo's democratic processes. I am confident that the deployment of an EU EOM under the leadership of Chief Observer Viola von Cramon-Taubadel will contribute to an inclusive, credible and transparent election. All stakeholders and communities should be able to engage in this process and have their say in Kosovo's future. These elections come at an important juncture for Kosovo where it needs to move decisively to make progress on its European path, on reforms and on the normalisation of relations with Serbia,”Mogherini is quoted as saying.
Chief Observer Viola von Cramon-Taubadel is quoted as stressing the importance of the EU continuing monitoring elections in Kosovo. “I am hopeful that our observation will provide an important contribution to these elections and, through its follow-up, to efforts to strengthen Kosovo’s electoral processes in the future,” she said.
The Election Observation Mission core team of nine EU election analysts arrived in Pristina on 7 September and will stay in the country until the completion of the electoral process, the press release said, adding that another 18 long-term observers will arrive later in the month and will be followed by an additional 36 short-term observers.
The mission will issue a preliminary statement and hold a press conference in Pristina right after the elections with a final report and recommendations to follow later.