Amid rising infections, Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani and leaders of political parties could not agree to accept a recommendation by the country’s Public Health Institute to postpone local elections scheduled for October 17.
The 2017 local elections in Serb-majority municipalities ‘did not meet several international and European standards,’ says the final report by the EU’s Election Observation Mission to Kosovo.
Incumbent Prishtina Mayor Shpend Ahmeti will likely have a second term in office, while rival party LDK won the most mayorships in Albanian-majority municipalities.
Kosovo citizens across 19 municipalities, including the capital, head to the polls to vote for mayor in the second round of local elections.
In Kosovo, local elections do not necessarily reflect the trends set by the general elections; a party could fail at the national level, but be very successful at the municipal level.