Press release: Election Results and Important Step for Kosovo

Marietje

ALDE MEPs Diana Wallis (UK, Liberal Democrat) and Marietje Schaake (D66, Netherlands) have returned from witnessing the conduct of Kosovo's municipal elections held on 15th November and hailed their conduct and results as an important step in building an inclusive and multi-ethnic society.

ALDE Press release, 17.11.2009

ALDE MEPs Diana Wallis (UK, Liberal Democrat) and Marietje Schaake (D66, Netherlands) have returned from witnessing the conduct of Kosovo's municipal elections held on 15th November and hailed their conduct and results as an important step in building an inclusive and multi-ethnic society. Both MEPs were part of a European Parliament delegation that went to see the first local elections organised by the Kosovo authorities. Ms Wallis commented: "These elections were well organised by the Kosovo authorities, and carried out in a largely peaceful and good-natured manner. "I was particularly heartened to see that Kosovo Serbs turned out to vote in higher numbers than expected.  It's crucial for Kosovo's future that all communities contribute to building a stable and secure society - and this election represents a further step towards that goal. "The tight result in Gracanica's mayoral race is a particularly exciting outcome in which anALDE associate party - the Serb Independent Liberal Party (Samostalna Liberalna Stranka, SLS) - has done particularly well." Ms Schaake added: "These successful local elections show that Kosovars are ready to take responsibility for their own destiny. Europe should help them with that. "It is also up to Kosovar people to look to the future and to foster economic and democratic development. The young generation is determined to achieve that and the European perspective is of real importance." NOTE TO EDITORS Ms Wallis and Ms Schaake were part of a European Parliament delegation that arrived in Kosovo on 13th November to watch the election process.  They met representatives of the authorities, political parties, civil society and the resident international community.  On election day, they visited a number of polling stations in different parts of Kosovo and met with members of the election commissions, candidates, and voters. This statement was issued prior to the completion of vote reconciliation, resolution of possible election complaints and the second round to be held on 13th December 2009.