Local Elections in Kosovo 2013
Type of election: Local elections
Type of mission: Election observation mission (EOM)
Head of mission: Zlatko Vujovic
Long-term observers: 7
Short-term observers: 22
Following an invitation from Kosovo’s President of the Republic, to observe Municipal and Mayoral elections in Kosovo, the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to observe the elections held on 3 November 2013 as well as the rerun of the 1st round in North Mitrovica and the 2nd round of local elections on 1st of December. ENEMO’s Core Team arrived to Pristina on 1st of October 2013 and prepared the deployment of 6 teams of long-term observers (12 persons in total), covering the entire territory of Kosovo. They were monitoring the pre-election environment, the political campaign and activities of political entities and the election administration, prior to both rounds of local elections. The election process was assessed on the basis of international standards for democratic elections and the national legislation.
On the Election Day in the first round of local elections, ENEMO deployed a total of 34 election observers from its member organizations to observe 221 polling stations, throughout all municipalities in Kosovo. ENEMO LTOs have acted as STOs during E-days in these elections as well. ENEMO has also monitored the Repeated Elections in Polling stations in North Mitrovica on 17th of November, with 3 mobile teams of 2 observers, where 6 LTOs were deployed to North of Mitrovica from their areas of responsibility, in order to observe the election process in all 3 Polling Centers. On the Election Day for the 2nd round of local elections, ENEMO deployed 28 election observers from its member organizations, which have observed a total of 155 polling stations, in remaining 25 municipalities of Kosovo, including the repeated elections in all 3 Polling stations in Zvecani.
ENEMO's IEOM to Kosovo was financially supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through National Democratic Institute (NDI), German Federal Foreign Office through the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Pristina and the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.