Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani dismissed the head of the Central Election Commission Valdete Daka after she refused to step down, claiming that the body was not sufficiently independent.
The decision comes in the wake of Osmani’s warnings to Daka to keep Commission activities in line with the constitution.
Daka, a Supreme Court judge, refused to resign, saying that she preformed her duties as Commission chairwoman in line with the Kosovo constitution, Radio Free Europe reported quoting an unnamed source. A statement from the president’s cabinet said that the decision takes effect immediately. “All relevant institutions have to secure the criteria needed for the body to be independent and the Commission chair has to ensure that with its members,” it added. The decision met with negative reactions from all political parties except for Vetevendosje. Osmani ran for parliament on the Vetevendosje ticket.
Daka was named to head the Central Election Commission for a second term in 2018 by former President Hashim Thaci. Under the constitution the president appoints the head of the Commission.